AMC Orders Pilot for ‘Preacher’ Comic Book Adaptation From Seth Rogen

Preacher Graphic Novel AMC Pilot

AMC has given a pilot order to “Preacher,” a drama adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from the comic book series about a maverick clergyman in Texas.

Sam Catlin wrote the adaptation for Neal Moritz’s Original Film and will serve as showrunner. Rogen and Goldberg are exec producing through their Point Grey banner, along with Catlin.

The project, a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios, was a hot property when it was shopped to cable buyers earlier this year. There had been talk of a straight-to-series order but at present it is a pilot.

“’Preacher’ has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg, who are also attached to direct. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

Based on Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ’90s comic book series, “Preacher” is about Jesse Custer, a preacher in a Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to find God.

“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With ‘Preacher,’ it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. “Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, and we have everything we need to be very excited to move forward on ‘Preacher.’”

The pilot will be produced next summer for series consideration in 2016. Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur are exec producers for Original Film, along with Kevin Levin and Jason Netter. Ennis and Dillon will serve as co-exec producers.

AMC had a few other high-profile scripts in works, including “Bombingham,” the period drama from “True Blood” alum Alexander Woo, but opted not to move forward with any other pilot orders beyond “Preacher.”

Correction: The script for “Preacher” was written by Sam Catlin, not Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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  1. Flavorabledeez says:

    This is a fail from the start, and being so inspired and familiar with the source material Rogen should be ashamed.
    Preacher’s brilliance lies in its ability to take people out of their comfort zone and think objectively through very crude and disturbing events, none of which could be done on AMC. An example of falling short by being on the wrong network is Constantine (though not as extreme as Preacher).
    Should’ve waited until HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc paid attention.

    • Null Dood says:

      HBO already paid plenty of attention. They failed to green-light 3 Preacher scripts and bailed out on the project back in 2008.

      Showtime and Starz wouldn’t even touch it. Movie studios like Miramax and Electric Entertainment ran away from Preacher because they’re terrified of offending anyone’s precious delicate sensibilities with Preacher’s raw content.

      NOBODY (not even HBO) could portray Preacher in its true glory with elements like graphic bestiality and intensely cruel violence. AMC appears the be the only network with the balls to run with it, and they have a great track record with creating iconic shows. Even if they can’t take the most taboo topics to the limit, I have 100% faith in AMC’s ability to go as far as they reasonably can and turn it into another runaway hit.

    • Q says:

      HBO already greenlit then cancelled Preacher as a show “religiously controversial” although that’s rubbish because they made 2 seasons of Carnivale which was an excellent show (and had many of the same darkness as Preacher would have on screen)

    • Dude/nigga/bro says:

      How about Breaking Bad?

      • Flavorabledeez says:

        You’re obviously not familiar with Preacher. I’d let my children watch Breaking Bad before I’d even let them look at the Wikipedia entry for Preacher. Not to say that AMC doesn’t allow for the pushing of some limits, but nowhere near what is needed to keep Preacher on par with its core concepts

  2. Rena Moretti says:

    Meantime in the real world, everyone’s favorite untalented crony Seth Rogen gets yet another big check to produce what will likely be yet another unwatchable project.

    How exciting!!

  3. Betafett says:

    Sadly, given the botched suicide nature of the character, I can’t see them including Arseface in this–either that or they’ll fundamentally change the nature of the character. Garth Ennis’ writing is a bit too close to the bone for US tv networks (except maybe HBO). Here’s hoping it doesn’t end up as watered down and toothless as I forsee it becoming. :/

  4. MamaDeLuxe says:

    AMC has given a pilot order to “Preacher,” a drama which has been adapted from the comic book series by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. I would LOVE to work with Seth & Evan as directors! Extending every success guys! @Mama DeLuxe @Sandra Milliner

  5. AMC sound like Preacher will be great. I must go to the library and try to read book. I hope that AMC will ok the pilot.

  6. Real says:

    Either Amazon, Microsoft or Virgin are using pages I visit to make money out of me and whichever pages I visit.

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