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Seth Rogen's Preacher Show Scores Official Blessing
AMC hires Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin to run it

06 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: AMC (Via Hitfix)

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Given how controversial, and potentially fan-dividing, any screen version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s brutal, seminal graphic novel Preacher is likely to be, we’re surprised it has won an official thumbs up at all. But now, after years of talk about different big screen versions, US network AMC has announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s TV take is in full development.

The latest word on this one arrived in November, with reports that the channel was considering a pilot based on the sprawling story of Jesse Custer, a handsome young Texas reverend with a dark past and a deep love of John Wayne films who becomes bonded with a creature known as Genesis, the offspring of an angel and demon. The blend at times makes him as powerful as God Himself, but also gives him real problems.

Filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Sam Mendes, Rachel Talaly and DJ Caruso have all had a crack, but now it seems the This Is The End team have finally managed to make it work; at least, enough to warrant cracking open company coffers.

“This is amazing!" Rogen and Goldberg said in a statement. "We've tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”

They won’t be alone in the effort: AMC has hired Breaking Bad veteran writer-producer Sam Catlin to shoulder the day-to-day work on running the show itself, which is another positive sign in our book. Whether they can bring the religious elements, rude humour and occasional ultra violence to US TV (even cable TV) without mobs gathering their pitchforks and reaching for the torch lighter fuel is another matter, but it’s certainly a step closer now.


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RE: Of all the attempts so far...
Really? I thought Mark Steven Johnson's idea was better-have each issue as one episode. DJ Caruso and John August's vision of a trilogy is in second place. I don't know what to expect from Goldberg and Rgen fiddling with what is essentially Garth Ennis' best work I have read, but I can't wait to see it. Hopefully it'll air on a freeview channel here in the UK, and not something on sky. More

Posted by cliff126 at 18:32 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Of all the attempts so far...
L: partybee I have to say this is the one my gut feels best about. Despite seeming the least likely of all the names attached so far, the humour involved is pretty well-suited to Rogen, Goldberg and co. They are also pretty damn experienced (and successful) producers these days. agree the humour of Preacher is perfectly suited to them but I have a horrible feeling this will mean they will cast Rogen as Jesse Custer. I like Rogen - but he aint Jesse Custer or even Cassidey for that m More

Posted by Artoo at 15:23 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

Cool ca-cool ca-ca-cool ca-cool beans!
Preacher's one of the only comics I've ever been compelled to keep reading to the end. Amazing piece of work. The Breaking Bad connection on this is making me really excited where previously I was sceptical. Nice one Seth and Evan! Now ... can I be in it? More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:33 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

Of all the attempts so far...
I have to say this is the one my gut feels best about. Despite seeming the least likely of all the names attached so far, the humour involved is pretty well-suited to Rogen, Goldberg and co. They are also pretty damn experienced (and successful) producers these days. More

Posted by partybee at 08:32 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

yay!
Fingers crossed this comes up good. Love the graphic novels, amazing story. More

Posted by Jonda Fett at 22:21 on 06 February 2014 | Report This Post

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