Vertigo titles are amazing! Let me just say that before getting into the meat and potatoes of this post. They’ve produced some of the most iconic graphic novels the world has ever seen. The Sandman, The Watchmen, Fables, Y: The Last Man and the list goes on and on, so when I learned that Seth Rogen and producer Evan Goldberg were bringing The Preacher to television via AMC, I was, am, tickled shitty! I hope I’m not alone in saying that I thought Rogen’s “The Green Hornet” was awesome and deserved more respect than it got. It was from that point that I realized that he cares a lot about comics. Correction, he cares a lot about good comics. So when the news that he’s taking on The Preacher , graced my laptop, I immediately said “of course he is”. For those of you unfamiliar with The Preacher, let me give you a little back story.
The series, based off an idea Ennis had while working on Hellblazer, tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down and out cursed/blessed southern boy preacher, a hard livin’ Irish vampire (Cassidy) and the preacher’s gunslinging ex-girlfriend travel and fight the world to question The All-Mighty Himself, as to why he quit his sacred task of caring for the world.
Along the way a colorful cast of supporting characters walk into the story including a Cowboy who can kill anything, a once suicidal depressed teen who just happens to have a face like an arse, and a zealot assassin by the name of Starr. Buckle up for a crazy ride cause Vertigo’s groundbreaking Preacher is out to get you. Widely regarded as one of the greatest comics titles of all time.
If done right, this could easily fill the shoes left by AMC’s Breaking Bad. One need only stay true to the literature and find the bodies to fill those roles and the world is theirs. In hindsight Seth toy’d around with the idea of the supernatural in the 2013 release “This Is the End”, so maybe he has an affinity for theology. I don’t know…just rambling! White wine!!!!
“This is amazing!” Rogen and Goldberg said. “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!”
Rogen and Goldberg, the creatives behind feature film “This is the End,” will pen the pilot for “Preacher” and exec produce. Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) will serve as exec producer and showrunner. Fellow executive producers include Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon for Original Films, along with Ori Marmur, Ken Levin and Jason Netter.
Ennis added, “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…Obviously it’s taken awhile, 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.”