AMC has set their sights on another comic book adaptation.
The basic cable network, who are already home to ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead and are deep in development on a Walking Dead companions series, has handed out a pilot order to Preacher, an adaptation of the controversial 1990s comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon,
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
The project was developed for television by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg and hails from AMC Studios and Sony Pictures Television – the studio behind the network’s critical hit Breaking Bad and upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul. The script for the pilot was penned by Sam Caitlin, who serves as an executive producer alongside Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Ken Levin, Jason Netter, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur.
This is not the first time an attempt has been made to adapt Preacher for the small screen. Several years ago HBO took a stab at the property before coming to the conclusion that the source material was “too controversial” and “too dark” for them. It remains to be seen if AMC execs will come to the same conclusion or if they will greenlight the project, which is eyed for a 2016 berth, to series.