Back in February, it was confirmed that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing an adaptation of the Preacher comic book series for AMC.
Now, the network has officially ordered a pilot episode from the writing duo for the series, which will be directed by Goldberg, with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) serving as showrunner.
Rogen and Goldberg reportedly wanted to adapt Preacher for seven years before AMC took interest. The cable television network had seven other scripts they were looking over, none of which made it to the pilot stage.
Rogen, whose enthusiasm for the project has been sky high, posted to Twitter about his excitement about the news:
Preacher, from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, was a comic book series that ran from 1995 to 2000 on DC’s Vertigo imprint.
Here’s AMC’s official description of the TV series:
Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
If AMC does this right — and judging by their track record, there’s a good chance they will — they’ll likely have another hit on their hands.