Rogen, who directed the pilot with Goldberg, announced the news via Twitter:
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 9, 2015
The project is based on the Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon and was written by Catlin. It stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a preacher who struggles with relating to the parishioners in his small Texas town as well as finding his own way with God. Other roles include Ruth Negga as Jesse’s danger-loving ex Tulip O’Hare, Lucy Griffiths as his sister Emily and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, an Irish vampire who happens into town and befriends Jesse.
Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver are exec producing through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur for Original Film. Catlin is exec producing and will serve as showrunner. Other exec producers are Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Ennis and Dillon are co-exec producers. “Preacher” hails from Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios.
AMC later confirmed the news with Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, saying in a release that “Garth Ennis’ ‘Preacher’ is, above all, about great characters – something we look for in all of our series.”
“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,” Stillerman continued. “The incredible creative team behind this show – led by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and Neal Moritz – made a pilot that completely blew us away, and we know the series will satisfy and surprise fans of the comics, and captivate fans of great TV everywhere.”
The pilot was filmed over the summer after AMC gave it the go-ahead in December.
“Couldn’t be more happy with Sony/AMC’s decision to bring Garth’s amazing ‘Preacher’ to television,” said Catlin in a release. “Can’t wait to spend some quality time with vampires, psychopaths, rednecks and God.”
The 10 hourlong episodes of “Preacher” are expected to premiere in mid-2016.