As reported, AMC and Sony Pictures TV have officially tapped Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to develop Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's controversial 1990's comic book series Preacher for AMC. The show will follow troubled preacher Jesse Custer (note initials) through Texas and beyond as he tries to come to grips with his newfound superpower—the ability to make absolutely anyone do what he tells them to do.
The series has been in development in various forms and stages for years, and comics writer Ennis said that the TV format "seems a much more natural home for the story than a two-hour movie." Ennis had kind words for the production team, as well: "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."
"We've tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us," said Goldberg and Rogen in a statement. "It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to do it right."
Preacher won as many awards as the comics industry could give it during its original five-year run; its cynical, humorous take on religion won it a devoted fan following and launched Ennis' long career. News of the TV adaptation began to spread in November when AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll reportedly told a comic book store employee he was eyeing the series.