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AMC Orders Preacher Pilot; Seth Rogen Promises Not to F*ck It Up

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 4, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 4, 2014 |

Finally! Nine months after announcing an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher comic, AMC has ordered up the series pilot. Breaking Bad executive producer Sam Catlin is teaming with producing partners, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who’ve been attached to the project for over seven years — clearly they want to get this done right.

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Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a Texas man who has lost his faith. After Custer’s entire church and congregation are wiped out, Jesse is possessed by a supernatural entity called “Genesis” — the combination of demon and angel. Custer, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an alcoholic vampire (Cassidy), set out on a journey across America to find god.

For their part, Goldberg and Rogen are committed to bringing Preacher’s true essence to the project:

“Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out…Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

Writer/showrunner Catlin is likewise thrilled:

“Thanks to AMC for completely losing their minds and letting us do this. I’m so excited to bring Garth Ennis’ bloody, amazing and bloody amazing universe to TV.”

And writer Garth Ennis is completely on board with the adaptation:

“Steve Dillon and I are extremely pleased to know AMC has taken Preacher to pilot. We have had an ongoing voice in the efforts of the writers whom Sony TV and Original Film entrusted with this project, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and have been most gratified that they continue to include us, and that they have tackled the project with the type of unwavering commitment and courage needed to present the material as Steve and I intended. This has been a long time coming, but that it continues apace, and with the chance to be delivered episodically, gives Preacher an opportunity to be seen in its best possible medium, not previously possible. And many thanks indeed to Ken Levin and Neal Moritz for their never flagging commitment to Preacher, and for never giving up well past the point when I myself grew skeptical — we have principally gotten to where we are today because of Neal and Ken.”

Even more exciting is the possibility that directors Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones may be on board for a couple of episodes (Rogen and Goldberg will direct the pilot).

Production will begin next summer in hopes of a 2016 airing.

I’ve already dream-cast Scott Eastwood as Jesse, but I also like commenter “Man of Stool’s” Robert Carlyle suggestion. How about y’all — who would you like to see cast?

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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