Preacher Gets a Pilot Commitment from AMC. For those wondering if Preacher will ever get shown on AMC, your prayers have been answered. AMC has finally given a pilot order for the adaptation of the controversial comic book series Preacher, the network announced on Wednesday.
The show was only announced to be made on cable last year when Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would be adapting and be executive producers for the comic book series. Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin was announced to be the showrunner for the controversial 90s comic.
“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully,” says Joel Stillerman, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content. “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,” Joel continued in a statement. “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 comic book series, created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer whose entire congregation dies at his hands after being possessed by a supernatural entity known as Genesis. With these newfound gifts, Custer, along with his girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy set out on a fierce journey across America in search of God – who has left his post in Heaven.
Garth Ennis expressed his excitement of the good news about the pilot pickup. “Steve Dillon and I are extremely pleased to know AMC has taken Preacher to pilot,” says Ennis. The co-creator added his enthusiasm about getting the show into AMC:
We have had an ongoing voice in the efforts of the writers whom Sony TV and Original Film entrusted with this project, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and have been most gratified that they continue to include us, and that they have tackled the project with the type of unwavering commitment and courage needed to present the material as Steve and I intended. This has been a long time coming, but that it continues apace, and with the chance to be delivered episodically, gives Preacher an opportunity to be seen in its best possible medium, not previously possible. And many thanks indeed to Ken Levin and Neal Moritz for their never flagging commitment to Preacher, and for never giving up well past the point when I myself grew skeptical — we have principally gotten to where we are today because of Neal and Ken.
Even showrunner Sam Catlin gave a big thanks to AMC for giving Preacher a pilot commitment. “Thanks to AMC for completely losing their minds and letting us do this,” Catlin said. “I’m so excited to bring Garth Ennis’ bloody, amazing and bloody amazing universe to TV.”
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