Reportedly, the network has now ordered a pilot of Preacher, which is a series that comes from Seth Rogen, along with Evan Golderg, his “Superbad” partner and Sam Caitlin from “Breaking Bad’s”
According to Joel Stillerman, executive vice president of original programming, production, and digital content with AMC, on occasion, a project will come along that possesses all the elements that fall in line perfectly. Preacher is one such case, which begins with a strong, compelling, and though-provoking comic book series from Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis.
He added that there are many fans who already know about Tulip, Jesse Custer, and Cassidy. Then when actors like Seth Rogen, Sam Caitlin, and Evan Goldberg bring their passion and talent onboard, along with an amazing producing team that includes Neal Moritz, the team from the Original Film, and many incredible friends associated with Sony Pictures Television, everything needed is in place. As such, everyone with Sony is excited to get started in creating the television series “Preacher”.
The pilot will be written by Caitlin while the directing will be left up to Rogen and Goldberg. As stated by both Rogen and Goldberg, of all comic books, “Preacher” has been the all-time favorite ever since it first came out. In fact, Garth Ennis is an idol and working on this project is a true honor.
Rogen and Goldberg promised the film would not be overwhelmed with jokes about dicks that would ruin it.
“Preacher” is a Vertigo comic that launched in the 1990s. The storyline followed Jesse Custer, who for the television series has not yet been cast, a conflicted preacher who lives in small Texas town. Custer merges into a heavenly being while gaining the ability to get people to do whatever he requests. In the comic book, Custer starts on a journey to find God, along with his girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy.
In a statement released from Ennis, both he and Dillon are happy to know that the Preacher pilot is being picked up by AMC. He added that he and Dillon have a voice in the efforts of the writers, which is extremely important. However, the two are most gratified that they are still included and as with other projects, will tackle this one with 100% commitment and courage required to present the material as intended.
Ennis also said that this pilot has been a long time coming and now with the opportunity to deliver, people will see “Preacher” in the best medium, something not possible before. He also thanked Neal Moritz and Ken Levin for their dedication to the project and never giving up on the idea.
“Preacher” will follow many other comic books that have become television series to include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Gotham. There are also a number of additional projects in the works such as The Flash, iZombie, and Arrow for CW, Constantine for NBC, Agent Carter for ABC, and Supergirl for CBS.
The “Preacher” television pilot is scheduled for next summer and if all goes as planned, it could go well into 2016.