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?