In the 1990s, Vertigo Comics brought us a strange and beautiful comics series, “Preacher”, created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Now, AMC is bringing that story to television.
For the moment I’m still feeling a few reservations about an adaptation like this, but the network that successfully brought “The Walking Dead” to the small screen has me hopeful, and showrunner Sam Caitlin did a pretty good job with Breaking Bad. The involvement of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as producers is likely the source of my concern… probably unfounded, due to my complete dislike and disdain for the sort of comedy films they’re known for, but there’s nothing to do now except wait and see.
Preacher follows the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in a small Texas town who is suddenly possessed with a unique power after being the only survivor of a devastating event. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy embark together on a journey to literally find God.
AMC ordered 10 one-hour episodes for Season 1, which is expected to premiere in mid-2016. Sam Caitlin wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Rogen and Goldberg.
Preacher stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter) as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga (Agents of SHIELD) as Tulip O’Hare, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Robin Hood) as Emily Woodrow, Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) as Cassidy.
For more on “Preacher” the comic series, read Michael J’s column: Remember the Alamo: Why “Preacher” Remains One of the Most Important Books in American Comics