Preacher Adaptation Potentially Hitting AMC

Here’s some interesting news for all of you comic fans out there…

TVLine is reporting that AMC is developing a pilot for the cult-classic comic series Preacher. This report was further backed up with some fairly cryptic tweets from none other than Seth Rogen that feature the names of some of Preacher’s less-known characters.



For those of you not familiar with Preacher, here’s a rough overview from TVLine:

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas minister on the verge of losing his faith when he merges with a spiritual force called Genesis — making him more mighty than the Almighty. Able to command the obedience of those who hear his words and joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer begins a violent journey across the country in search of answers from a disenfranchised God.

Preacher is a no-holds-barred deal, with an amazing amount of gore, sexuality, and bad language, as well as all of the controversy inherent with attacking one of the most prominent religions in the world. Which might be why, though Preacher’s been eyed for adaptation before (most prominently in 2008 by HBO, who decided against it due to its dark, violent nature), it’s never yet made it to screens.

Preacher is a fantastic comic with sharp writing, amazing characters, and some truly profound moments. It does counter all of that with some comic-book zaniness, however, which is why looking at an adaptation would be interesting from a fan perspective. I mean, on the one hand, I would absolutely love to see Preacher receive a wider audience due to the exposure that TV would create. Not to mention that, if done right, it could potentially be freaking awesome.

On the other hand, there’s always the potential that the property could be massacred through improper handling (I’m looking at you, Legend of the Seeker) or, perhaps worse, neutered through censorship and regulations.

Unfortunately, nobody at AMC is yet confirming the pilot, so for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • QED42

    I’m highly skeptical anyone could pull off a TV show that would do Preacher justice for many of the reasons you mention. If a subscription based channel like HBO couldn’t get this off the ground due to content I am really not sure how a channel that relies on advertising can get this on the air without massively watering it down.

    A TV adaptation is possible but one that does the original comic justice might require more than an act of divine intervention here.