Update: The project has now been officially announced with both Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on board as writers.
After a couple of failed attempts at turning Garth Ennis’ Preacher into both an HBO series and a movie, it was looking like the Vertigo comic series was simply not cut out for a Hollywood adaptation. Last we heard, Sam Mendes was attached to direct a Preacher movie for Sony back in 2008, but it never seemed to move beyond the initial stages of development (it probably doesn’t help that he got busy with a little movie called Skyfall as well). Now this week we are hearing reports that AMC is ready to try Preacher as a TV series again. Considering the success they’ve had with The Walking Dead, it might be a good fit… but what’s this about Seth Rogen being involved?
According to Badass Digest, AMC has ordered a pilot for a Preacher TV series. There is no guarantee that they’ll be moving forward with it, but they are clearly desperate for something to replace monster hits like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. At this point, we have no idea who will be writing and/or producing it and it’s also unclear if Garth Ennis himself will be involved. He did supposedly write some scripts for the show back when it was in development at HBO.
Strangely, however, one person that may actually be involved is Seth Rogen. He sent out a couple of mysterious tweets over the weekend that went like this:
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
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013
Arseface and The Saint of Killers are two of the main characters in the comic and I’d say those names are pretty hard to mix up with something else. On the other hand, the second tweet did come an hour and a half later so it’s unclear if it was connected. Whether Seth Rogen could be acting in the series or simply taking on a producer role remains to be seen. What do you think, is Preacher a better fit for a TV series than a movie? Do you think AMC will have the balls to do the comic justice?