AMC has ordered a pilot for theÂ Preacher TV series, which is based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon DC Comics Vertigo comic book of the same name.
The series is being put together by This Is The End writers/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Sony TV and AMC Studios.
Rogen and Goldberg are directing the Preacher pilot; Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) wrote the script and will serve as showrunner.
PeacherÂ follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven andÂ abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demandingÂ answers, and making HimÂ answerÂ for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer aÂ pintÂ in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers â€“ a western lone gunmanÂ archetypeÂ whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.Â
"Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. WithÂ Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip,â€ť Joel Stillerman, AMCâ€™s EVPÂ of original programming, said in a released statement. â€śAdd to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, and we have everything we need to be VERY excited to move forward onÂ Preacher.â€ť
The Preacher series will start development next Summer for a 2016 release.