Is AMC Going on the Road with a Preacher TV Series? (With Seth Rogen?)

Preacher Comic BookAccording to Badass Digest, they’re hearing that the answer is Yes. Not just that, but AMC, the cable network behind “The Walking Dead”, has already ordered a pilot for the show, with some “big and impressive” names attached to it.

Based on the Vertigo comic book of the same name (Vertigo is the more mature branch of D.C. Comics, i.e. the less silly arm of D.C.) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the book is, er, essentially what you would write if you really, really wanted to piss off people in the religious community.

Everyone and their momma have been trying to get this book turned into a movie or a TV series, but no one has been able to do it — mostly because of the subject matter. Is it really that flammable? Judge for yourself:

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

It’s kinda like the later seasons of the TV show “Supernatural” (the one about angels and demons and a missing God), but with a lot more cursing and screwed up people.

For the longest time there, it seemed like the movie might actually happen with Sam Mendes directing, but a TV series seems like the path to take given the comic’s on-the-road storytelling. Of course, keep in mind that a show getting a pilot order just means the network wants to see what it will look like live on the screen. Pilots get made and never get shown all the time. Just ask the folks who are (for whatever reason) still waiting for that David E. Kelley “Wonder Woman” TV show.

Or Badass Digest could be wrong and there is no pilot order. I guess we’ll find out when AMC either confirms this with a press release announcing the people behind the project … or doesn’t.

Preacher Comic Book


So, uh, Seth Rogen may or may not be involved in this. I reiterate the Interwebs’ collective WTF at these couple of tweets by Rogen: