So apparently the way entertainment news gets out nowadays is a guy walking into a comics shop and rapping with the owner about stuff his network is doing? Apparently Preacher—the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon classic comic—is in development at AMC and a pilot has been ordered; it’s being viewed as a replacement for Breaking Bad and Mad Men, since Low Winter Sun should have been called Low Viewer Interest.
This news break kicked off when
Sources tell me that the network has ordered a pilot based on the classic Vertigo comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. 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. Joining Jesse on his journey is his ex-girlfriend Tulip, who is now a hit woman, and a hundred year old Irish vampire named Cassidy. Along the way they battle secret religious commandoes, the retarded descendent of Christ, a guy who fucks meat and even each other.
Preacher was published by Vertigo was for 75 issues or so, and was, while it was running, the most addictive, foul yet heartwarming soap opera of violence on the stands. Many have thought about adapting it for TV or screen including Kevin Smith, DJ Caruso and Sam Mendes. But is is also thought to be unproducable becuase of the sprawling story and blasphemous content.
The Badass story was backed up when a bigwig at AMC went into Escape Comics on Long Island and started rapping.
I accede that he’s correct and decide to just go for it, “So I guess you heard the rumors about AMC buying Preacher, huh?”
“Yeah, he says… I work there.”
So I get a bit flustered, especially after some more talk makes it clear that AMC has indeed purchased the rights, and start babbling about what a great book Preacher is, the sort of challenges they’re going to have, just geeking out basically.
“If you do it right, though, it could be VERY successful.”
“I hope so, we paid enough for it,” he deadpans.
As exciting as all this was, it got even more exciting when Seth Rogen, star and co writer of my favorite movie of 2013, This is the End, started TWEETING!
Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 16, 2013
(Rogen is Canadian!!!)
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013
So yeah. While the idea of Rogen as Jesse Custer is more horrifying than Arseface himself, one would think he is just producing, along with long time partner Evan Goldberg. While even that may sound alarming, This is the End was, in addition to being a deadly satire on our current me generation, a pretty gripping horror film about the end of the world that included monster demon dicks, angels and most of the elements that made Preacher great.
So…hopefully all this scuttlebutt and tweeting has some basis in reality because it would be totally cool if true.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.