UPDATED: Following weeks of pickup buzz, Seth Rogen today announced on Twitter that AMC has picked up drama pilot Preacher to series. “Preacher is coming to AMC,” he wrote, posting what appeared to be key art for the show. AMC subsequently confirmed the 10-episode order (and the key art), with the launch of the series slated for mid-2016, in line with a rumored May debut.
Preacher, from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic. The show centers on Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God. Co-starring are Ian Colletti as Eugene Root aka Arseface, W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root and Lucy Griffiths as Emily.
“Garth Ennis’ Preacher is, above all, about great characters – something we look for in all of our series,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “The fact that it is also darkly funny, has some great supernatural elements, and takes us on an incredible adventure is just the icing on the cake”
Preacher was developed for television by Rogen and Goldberg, who directed the pilot, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), who wrote the script and will serve as showrunner. Rogen and Goldberg executive produce through their Point Grey banner, along with the company’s James Weaver. Also executive producing are Catlin, Original Film’s Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur as well as Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Ennis and Dillon co-executive produce.
Rogen and Goldberg had been looking to get a Preacher adaptation off the ground for seven years. The 1995-2000 comic series, from DC’s Vertigo imprint, quickly achieved a cult status while also creating controversy with its dark and violent content. AMC no doubt is looking to repeat the success of another of its series based on an edgy comic, The Walking Dead.
“We started reading the comic when it first came out in the ’90s,” said Rogen & Goldberg. “In many ways Garth’s sense of drama and comedy and Steve Dillon’s visual aesthetic helped form our style, and the idea that we are actually bringing Preacher to life is a dream come true. This is the craziest thing ever and we can’t wait to move forward and work our asses off to make it the best it can be.”