Thanks to Seth Rogen and a couple of fans, AMC’s next comic series venture may have just scored a couple of fantastic directors. Firstly, in case you hadn’t heard, the actor/writer/director (along with Canadian director, Evan Goldberg [This Is the End]) developed Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher series pilot which AMC quickly snatched up last February. Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin will serves as executive producer/showrunner. Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a Texas man of god who has lost his faith. During an incident that wipes out his church and followers, Custer is possessed by a supernatural creature; after which he, his assassin ex-girlfriend (Tulip), and an Irish vampire (Cassidy) head out on a violent cross-country journey. Though the comic has been considered difficult to adapt for television (due to heavy violence, nudity, religion and language) — Rogen’s been working on the idea for over seven years — he promises the series will remain faithful to its source material.
This past Friday, after a casting suggestion (Kurt Russell as Jesse) was tweeted to Rogen, director Duncan Jones (Warcraft, Source Code, Moon) had a few questions, which led to the following Twitter exchange:
Next thing you know, someone suggested Looper and Breaking Bad director Rian Johnson. Though there were worries his plate might be too full, what with Star Wars: Episode VIII/IX ahead, Johnson quickly dispelled that notion:
And Rogen even offered to make it easier for Johnson:
So there you have it folks; how to hire great directors for your next kickass television series in a few easy steps.
Preacher is set for a late 2015 premiere.