A few years back, HBO came very close to adapting 'Preacher,' the cult-classic Vertigo comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Ultimately, HBO passed on the project, reportedly feeling that 'Preacher's storylines were too edgy, even for them. In the time since, most had assumed that the comic was unfilmable, and would never be adapted for the small screen.
That is until yesterday, when a report surfaced on BadAssDigest that AMC is preparing to create a pilot for a potential ongoing 'Preacher' series. Furthering the speculation were two tweets left by comic actor Seth Rogen, that clearly seemed to be confirming his involvement in the upcoming project.
Tweet #1: "Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life." Tweet #2: "Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers." The latter tweet contains several character names from the comic series. Rogen might at first seem like an odd backer for the project, but the 'Pineapple Express' and 'This is the End' star is a noted comic lover, and a longtime fan of 'Preacher' in particular.
The 'Preacher' comics followed the travels of Reverend Jesse Custer, a Texas minister going through a crisis of faith. Just when he is ready to fully cast off his belief, Custer's body suddenly becomes one with an otherworldly spiritual force called Genesis. This transformation grants Jesse god like powers, sending the disillusioned reverend on a cross country journey of revenge, with the ultimate goal being to force God himself to answer for his own sins against humanity. So yeah, it's kind of obvious why that would make a controversial plot for a TV show.
AMC has declined to either confirm or deny the original report, but that may very well be because negotiations are still ongoing. If nothing else, Rogen's tweets seem pretty certain. Whether AMC is behind it or not, the world better brace for 'Preacher's arrival on cable. Will you check out the pilot?