TV: Graphic novel ‘Preacher’ ordered to pilot by AMC, Seth Rogen in charge?





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In the works for a movie or TV adaptation since 1998, the Vertigo comic Preacher is finally getting made. Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, the idea to adapt the popular comic book series was first thought of in 1998, when when Garth Ennis wrote a draft of a script and Kevin Smith tried to get Harvey Weinstein to make it.

Since then numerous attempts have been made to get the graphic novels made into movies, with directors like Sam Mendes and Darren Aronofsky among names attached at some point. Now, according to BadAssDigest, AMC have ordered the TV series adaptation to pilot.

It makes for a brave move by AMC, who are currently reaping the rewards of The Walking Dead Season Four. Preacher is a highly controversial comic book series which, if done right, is guaranteed to cause upset among religious groups, and will contain plenty of controversial material to upset viewers.

Per BadAssDigest:  In the comic Jesse Custer is a small town preacher who is torn by booze and sin and who finds himself the vessel for a strange entity – the child of a mating between an angel and a demon. Filled with immense power, including The Word of God, which makes anyone do whatever he says, Jesse goes hunting for the Lord Almighty, who has abandoned creation. He aims to make him pay for leaving his children behind.

While this update was revealed in the early hours of Sunday morning, further news has arrived via Twitter as Seth Rogen has dropped a massive hint that he may be involved.  Rogen took to Twitter to say:

 

 

 

 

Now, for those who are not aware, Arseface, John Wayne and The Saint of Killers are all characters in the Preacher series. Arseface is a disfigured suicide attempt survivor turned rock-star; the recurring apparition of John Wayne serves as a sort of spiritual guide or conscience; and the Saint of Killers is “a reformed bounty hunter-turned-killer-once-more in the tradition of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven character, William Munny”.

Synopsis for the first book (courtesy of Amazon)

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend, Tulip, and the hard-drinking Irish vampire, Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

 

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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