Confirmed: AMC Adapting Controversial Preacher Comic Book Series; Seth Rogen to Serve as EP

Preacher TV SeriesIt’s official: AMC is developing a drama-series adaptation of Preacher, the DC/Vertigo comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will serve as EPs on the project, which has been eyed multiple times in the past for small- and big-screen adaptations, including at HBO, which ultimately passed on the project in 2008 because, according to screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson, “it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial.”

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“We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us,” said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas minister on the verge of losing his faith when he merges with a spiritual force called Genesis — making him more mighty than the Almighty. Able to command the obedience of those who hear his words and joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer begins a violent journey across the country in search of answers from a disenfranchised God.

Rumors of a possible Preacher TV series surfaced back in November.

Are you excited to see a cable-TV take on Preacher? Or is the subject matter too hot to handle uncensored?

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28 Comments
  1. Dan says:

    This is freaking FANTASTIC! Do yourselves a favour and go read Preacher. It’s that good!

  2. Joel says:

    I look forward to Jay Baruchel’s take on the lead role.

  3. Steve says:

    I’m all in.

  4. jmble says:

    I joke about Seth and Evan’s involvement, but I’m actually very excited about this.

  5. Disco says:

    Yay donatella versace could play arseface :D

    Seriously though loved the comics can’t wait for the series as long as the casting is right

  6. I hope Seth Rogen stays happy as EP and does not try to put himself in the show (live or animated!).

  7. zacqua10 says:

    DC is killing it in the TV space. How many TV projects is this now? Wasn’t another one just announced yesterday? If only they worked this fast with their movies.

  8. Jax says:

    HBO thought it was too dark and controversial?!? Well I have to check it out now!

  9. Mike says:

    To make basic cable, it’s going to be way watered down. Jesse’s command to the Sheriff can’t be what it was in the book.

    • Jon says:

      That’s my fear too, that they’re going to have to water down so much of the controversial material that it’ll be unrecognizable.

  10. HBO deemed it too “dark violent and controversial” seriously??? Ah well here’s to hoping AMC won’t water it down

  11. amycorvus says:

    Reblogged this on Neon Disease.

  12. Scott says:

    The only thing in Preacher that ever disturbed me was Arseface. I guess I’ve never paid much attention to religious sensibilities.

  13. Day says:

    Yes, please! (And y’know, I would be okay with Baruchel as Custer. Only okay – I’m not going to fully endorse him…)

  14. lee says:

    Who do I talk to about casting UK actor Aiden Turner as Jesse and Ali Later as Tulip?

  15. laylagalise says:

    Is it just me or does the preacher look a little like Milo Ventimiglia?

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  17. Bob Johnson says:

    AMC? Well, I guess all that dark, controversial stuff that HBO passed on is going to have to be removed. Then what’s left?

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