AMC will adapt the unadaptable, turning the comic Preacher into a TV drama. The Garth Ennis -Steve Dillon series follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who has lost his faith. When God vanishes mysteriously, it’s up to Custer to track him down. He encounters all manner of supernatural and weird things on his journey, such as the ghost of John Wayne as a spirit guide.
The comic’s popularity has made it the source of endless rumors about a film or TV version. But the thorny subject matter isn’t your typical comic fare. While it has languished in development hell, we’ve seen numerous safer comic book icons hit the screen.
AMC has cable’s biggest hit with another comic-based project, The Walking Dead. It also took on Breaking Bad when other networks couldn’t wrap their heads around the project. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will executive produce and write the pilot draft, with Sam Catlin as showrunner.
It seems like the perfect place for Preacher, and Ennis agrees. He released a statement full of excitement about the project.
“I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully – meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation.”
The Parents’ Television Council is probably already preparing a barrage of angry letters.