It looks like AMC is not shying away from R-rated drama, with Bad-Ass Digest reporting the network has ordered a pilot for the Vertigo comic: Preacher. An adaptation, initially for the movies, has been in the works for a while now, but hasn't gotten out of the early stages of development. If done right, Preacher will definitely fill the void a show like Breaking Bad left and give the network that much needed buzz. The journey nature of the story will work better for television than a movie, as well.
Preacher is about a small town Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, torn by booze and sin, who finds himself possessed by "Genesis" - the child of a mating between an angel and a demon. With the power of Genesis inside of him, Jesse may be the most powerful being in existence and decides to go hunting for God, who abandoned Heaven when Genesis was created. In his travels he teams up with, and battles against, all manner of strange beings, both sacred and profane.
Depending on how true they stay to the comic, the show may take viewers beyond even the R-rated stories they are used to from Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. No word yet on who is attached to the series as showrunner or adapt the comic for television.
Seth Rogen took to twitter after the story began floating around and spoke on work on a Preacher project. Hopefully it works out better than his work with Green Hornet.
Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 16, 2013
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013