AMC has given a series order to Preacher, the comic book adaptation that was developed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad alum Sam Catlin.
Rogen, who directed the pilot with Goldberg, announced the news via Twitter. The project is based on the Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon and was written by Catlin. It stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a preacher who struggles with relating to the parishioners in his small Texas town as well as finding his own way with God.
Other roles include Ruth Negga as Jesse’s danger-loving ex Tulip O’Hare, Lucy Griffiths as his sister Emily and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, an Irish vampire who happens into town and befriends Jesse.
Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver are executive producing through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur for Original Film. Preacher hails from Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios.
AMC later confirmed the news with Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, saying in a release that “Garth Ennis’ Preacher is, above all, about great characters – something we look for in all of our series.
“The fact that it is also darkly funny, has some great supernatural elements, and takes us on an incredible adventure is just the icing on the cake,” Stillerman continued. “The incredible creative team behind this show – led by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and Neal Moritz – made a pilot that completely blew us away, and we know the series will satisfy and surprise fans of the comics, and captivate fans of great TV everywhere.”
The pilot was filmed over the summer after AMC gave it the go-ahead in December 2014.
“Couldn’t be more happy with Sony/AMC’s decision to bring Garth’s amazing Preacher to television,” said Catlin in a release. “Can’t wait to spend some quality time with vampires, psychopaths, rednecks and God.”
The 10 hour-long episodes of Preacher are expected to premiere in mid-2016. – Reuters