AMC order Preacher to pilot back in December 2014 and today the network’s confirmed they’ve greenlit a first season order of 10 one-hour episodes. Seth Rogen broke the news in a tweet and AMC followed up with a press release officially announcing the series order. Rogen and his friend/frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg (This Is The End) developed the series along with showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), with the comic book created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon providing the source material. Season one will debut next year and will star Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, and Lucy Griffiths.
“Garth Ennis’ Preacher is, above all, about great characters – something we look for in all of our series,” stated Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “The fact that it is also darkly funny, has some great supernatural elements, and takes us on an incredible adventure is just the icing on the cake. The incredible creative team behind this show – led by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and Neal Moritz – made a pilot that completely blew us away, and we know the series will satisfy and surprise fans of the comics, and captivate fans of great TV everywhere.”
Rogen and Goldberg added, “We started reading the comic when it first came out in the ’90s. In many ways Garth’s sense of drama and comedy and Steve Dillon’s visual aesthetic helped form our style, and the idea that we are actually bringing Preacher to life is a dream come true. This is the craziest thing ever and we can’t wait to move forward and work our asses off to make it the best it can be.”
Catlin wrote the pilot and Rogen and Goldberg co-directed.
Preacher is the story of Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God.
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