Rumors about Preacher, one of the latest shows in development for AMC, have been swirling around internet for years. Thanks to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the cult-hit comic series has been picked up for series. Original creators of the comic, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, have issued encouraging words regarding the development of the series:
“Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”
Casting has begun and a few of the series’s main characters have been nailed down. Joseph Gilgun has been cast as the Irish vampire Cassidy. Ruth Negga will be taking the role of Tulip. The macabre character of Arseface will be played by Ian Colletti. The latest casting news announced that the main character, preacher Jesse Custer, is in the hands of Dominic Cooper, otherwise known as Howard Stark in the MCU. Casting is still underway as important characters like The Saint of Killers have yet to be announced.
The series is shooting for release sometime in 2016. Fans of the Vertigo comic have expressed concern for the adaptability of the property in regards to the comic’s ultra-violence, vulgar language, and controversial themes working within basic cable guidelines.
Are you excited for Preacher on AMC? Do you think the network will be able to keep the tone of the original series intact? Let us know in the comments!