Comic Book Series 'Preacher' May Be Headed To AMC

Comic Book Series 'Preacher' May Be Headed To AMC

Finally, finally, the Veritgo comic book series Preacher could be getting a screen adaptation. This is good news if you enjoy things that are awesome. 

According to Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, AMC is taking the 75-issue series to pilot. This is after a lot of failed attempts to turn the series into a film or a movie. While it's not a series order, it's still a positive step forward. After Faraci broke the news, Seth Rogen indicated on Twitter that he was involved with the project. 

In Preacher, written by Garth EnnisGod has abandoned Heaven, and Jesse Custer wants to bring him to justice. Custer, the titular preacher, is possessed by Genesis, the offspring of an angel and a demon that gives him the power to force people to do whatever he says. He's accompanied on his quest by his sharp-shooter girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire, Cassidy. They cross paths with an assortment of evil and grotesque characters, including the Saint of Killers, the inbred scion of Jesus, and Arseface, a kid who tried—and failed—to emulate Kurt Cobain. Oh, and also Jesse is helped along by the ghost of John Wayne. 

So, yes, the series is dark and profane and violent and just generally batshit. It's also a fantastic exploration of themes like Americana and justice and religion. This has “cable series” written all over it. The Walking Dead may be a crappy show, but at least AMC doesn't shy away from violence, so this could prove to be the right home. And I'm on board with Seth Rogen's involvement. There's a lot of dark humor in Preacher, and he could be the guy to bring that out.  

Let’s fan-cast this thing! I think Irish actor Andrew Scott (Moriarty from the BBC’s Sherlock) should play Cassidy. And maybe Michael Shannon as the Saint of Killers? Because there's not a human being on this earth more intimidating than Michael Shannon.

The big question is, who do you think should play Jesse Custer? 

Image of Preacher Book One
Author: Garth Ennis
Price: $15.79
Publisher: Vertigo (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 352 pages
Image of Preacher VOL 02: Until the End of the World
Author: Garth Ennis
Price:
Publisher: Vertigo (1997)
Binding: Paperback, 264 pages

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Adam Jenkins's picture
Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) November 18, 2013 - 11:34am

Custer... Dave Franco? Timothy Olyphant?

Tulip... Katee Sackhoff?

I used to think Tim Roth for Cassidy, but these days I'd love to see Paddy Considine.

Sam Elliott would be perfect for the Saint of Killers

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life November 18, 2013 - 11:50am

Yes, Olyphant as... anybody.

And Scott Haze, who played Lester Ballard in Child of God. Dude's a powerhouse and definitely has the look.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this November 18, 2013 - 12:02pm

I didn't even think about Sam Elliott. I want to change my answer.

Sam Elliott as the Saint of Killers. 

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies November 19, 2013 - 6:56am

Olyphant is busy with Justified. Elijah Wood should play Arseface.

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Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works November 22, 2013 - 2:52pm

Preacher's about smoking lots of weed right?

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Ray Richards from Michigan and Iowa is reading The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson November 23, 2013 - 12:11pm

Preacher isn't really mature story telling. It swears a lot and there is lots of violence and gore. There isn't really the talky hidy high concepts. I think the backlash for this could gain more ground than the others did.