It’s Officially Official: Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg Are Adapting PREACHER For AMC
We kind of knew this was happening a few months ago, but now the news that Seth Rogen and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg will be adapting Garth Ennis‘ Preacher for AMC is official. The duo will executive produce the series along with Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg will write the script and Catlin will serve as the showrunner according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Preacher has been in the works as either a movie or a TV show off and for many years now. The Garth Ennis series about the Rev. Jessee Custer losing his faith and going in search of a God that has left heaven and abandoned all his duties has been rather controversial considering the subject matter and how it mixes in angels, demons, vampires, and a fallen preacher. HBO was the last to work on a series, but they ultimately ended up passing because the series was too dark, too violent, and way too controversial. That’s a little funny that AMC has picked Preacher up because HBO and a few other networks said the exact same things about The Walking Dead. AMC is very committed to the show, having won the rights after a long and intense bidding war with several other networks. AMC executive vice president of original programming Joel Stillerman said “This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we’re thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series.“
Rogen is a huge fan of Preacher and has expressed interest in working on a movie or TV show for a while. Last year he let the cat out of the bag that he was indeed working on the show on Twitter, but now everything is official and work is really getting underway. Rogen and Goldberg said in a joint statement “This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” And for those fans worrying that things may be watered down or not very faithful to the source, Garth Ennis has given this entire thing his seal of approval:
Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a two-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.
So finally Preacher will (most likely) see the light of day after many failed attempts on both TV and film. AMC is looking to step up their programming slate with Breaking Bad and Mad Men coming to and end, and Preacher definitely has the possibility of filling the dark and gritty slot left open from Breaking Bad. There’s not much more to add at this time as to how far along the script is or when AMC would like to get things going, but I’m sure we’ll hear something before long. What do you think about AMC moving ahead with Preacher?
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Source : The Hollywood Reporter