For its next show, AMC is going full-on crazy. The TV channel is developing a pilot adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic book series Preacher. And the big rumor is that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – who have given us hilarious movies, but also The Green Hornet – might somehow be attached to the project.
Some sources believe that Rogen and Goldberg will be making the Preacher Pilot due to a series of cryptic tweets sent out by Rogen, but there’s no official word on that yet. Preacher is an acclaimed comic book series that centers on a small-town Texas preacher named Jesse, who wants to find God and fight him. Here’s a summary, courtesy of HitFix:
Jesse Custer is a handsome young Texas reverend with a dark past and a deep love of John Wayne movies who becomes bonded with a creature known as Genesis — the offspring of an angel and demon — that at times makes him as powerful as God Himself. As Jesse, his ex-girlfriend Tulip and their new friend Cassidy try to figure out why he has this power, what to do with it, and why God appears to have forsaken His kingdom, they cross paths with saints, vampires, serial killers, many many inbred people, the Army and a global organization with their own ties to the Almighty. /div>
A film adaptation of Preacher has been stuck in development hell for years, with the first attempt going all the way back to ’98. Directors like Kevin Smith, Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso were all, at some point in time, attached to direct the project, but left it for whatever reason. (Though we’d like to point out that D.J. Caruso might’ve left it because he didn’t quite understand the message of Preacher [via Collider].)
So, yes, perhaps the source material of this epic book has been too much for filmmakers to handle, and that’s why the series is headed to TV. As /Film notes, this is a story that “sprawls in all directions” so TV is probably the best place for it. This was every little detail and character can be explained and fleshed out.
But should Rogen and Goldberg be the ones to bring this celebrated comic series of death, blood, sex, demons, vampires and God to life? Their resume doesn’t quite scream Western horror, wouldn’t you say?
What do you think? Are you excited about a Preacher TV series? Should Rogen and Goldberg bring it to life?