HBO Greenlights Preacher Series


By Neal Comment

The good news for comics fans, as reported by Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter is that there’s going to be a new HBO series based on Preacher, the Garth Ennis-scripted story of an apostate Texas minister who, possessed of amazing power, decides to track down God and hold him accountable for failing to do right by His creation. Naturally, he has sidekicks: his gun-toting ex-girlfriend and a drunken Irish vampire. Much violence and obscenity ensues.

The bad news for comics fans may be that the show’s being scripted by Mark Steven Johnson, the guy who wrote and directed the not-so-acclaimed film version of Daredevil (and Ghost Rider, too, although the jury’s still out on that long-delayed project). He won’t be directing the hour-long drama series for HBO, though—that honor is going to Howard Deutch, who began his directing career in the mid-’80s on John Hughes classics like Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful. This isn’t the first time he’s collaborated with Johnson, who wrote the script for his 1995 film Grumpier Old Men.