AMC Officially Adapting Preacher with Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin as Showrunner
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AMC Officially Adapting 'Preacher' with 'Breaking Bad's' Sam Catlin as Showrunner

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | February 6, 2014 | Comments ()


After a bidding war between multiple networks, AMC announced it will bring Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Eisner Award winning Preacher comic series to life. Breaking Bad executive producer Sam Caitlin will pair with This Is the End writing/producing team Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. The series centers on a Texas preacher, Jesse Custer who has lost his faith. During an incident that wipes out his church (and everyone in it) Custer becomes possessed by a supernatural creature and heads out on a violent cross-country journey across America, joined by his hit woman ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire.

Preacher has been seeking out a film or television home several years now; in fact, HBO turned down the series saying it’s “too dark and too violent and too controversial,” which sounds pretty damned strange to me (but it’s true). Their loss is a great AMC gain, any Breaking Bad fan knows the network isn’t the least afraid to go dark. And from Ennis himself: “Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation.”

So, any of you fans out there, this begins the time of casting wish-lists. Though I’ve not yet read the series, from the descriptions and photos of Custer, I got a Clint Eastwood vibe. Maybe his son, Scott?


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  • cruzzercruz

    Fantastic news, but I'm still totally confused about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg working on this. I'm not exactly brimming with excitement for two dudes who do mostly improvised juvenile comedy. But, maybe it'll be great and I can slam my head in a car door for penance.

  • gnibs

    They're enormous comic book fans, and the tone of the books is drama mixed with VERY dark humour*. Rogen and Goldberg are going to do an awesome job.

    * I spelled it correctly, I'm Canadian.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    Random thoughts:

    If I'm not mistaken, James Marsden was attached to play Custer when this was going to be a film. In the past I'd have ruled out Hollywood folks taking part in the show but with AMC's higher profile now, it seems at least possible.

    There's obviously zero chance, but Fassbender=Cassidy.

    There's got to be a place for some Goggins.

    I like the idea of Clint's kid. Casting young is all the rage these days after all.

  • logan

    Best me to it! Goggins!

  • Afferbeck

    Preacher is basically about hunting down God so I don't know how that's going to fly. I hope they don't change too much, though there's plenty of stupid shit that can be left out and still be fine.

  • BlackRabbit

    Eastwood's dad talked to invisible people. His son can kill 'em. Easy!

  • Marc Greene

    Ron Pearlman as the Saint of Killers. Fassbender would be a pretty great Cassidy, too.

    I don't quite understand how AMC is going to handle the language and ultra violence aspects that were kind of key to some story elements.

    Oh, and Jared Leto as Arseface.

  • colpetty

    timothy olyphant as Custer... that is all

  • Man of Stool

    Robert Carlyle IS Cassidy.

  • WerewolfgangAmadeusMozart

    It's almost certainly out of the question, but how perfect would McConaughey be?

  • mairimba


  • Man of Stool

    He would be pretty damn perfect, is what he would be. That never leapt into my mind, but it's genius.

  • Batesian

    Yeah, that's some inspired casting.

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