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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg set to write/executive produce Preacher TV series

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Major news hit yesterday with the word that Sony Pictures Television and American network AMC have struck a deal to produce a serial drama adaptation of the seminal 90s comic series Preacher, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon.

The series is a major hitter in the comics world, and follows bad-ass ex-Preacher Jesse Custer as he attempts to track down an absent God who has abdicated his heavenly throne, with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire called Cassidy. It’s much, much better than that probably sounds, promise.

On the announcement, Ennis had the following to say:

“Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie,” Ennis said. “Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation,”

AMC are the network that brought popular zombie apocalypse series The Walking Dead to the small screen in 2010, which has probably been more hit than miss. It’s not the worst choice, and although HBO or Netflix might be better, as long as it’s not Fox we’re willing to listen.

The problem is this: Garth Ennis pulls absolutely no punches in his stories, and the majority are extremely explicit in some fashion. Anti-superhero series The Boys featured such delights as drug abuse (sometimes mixed with superhero bodily fluids), a frat house-style masturbatory cinema and serious levels of gore, whilst he has also written for notoriously violent titles like Punisher and Hitman – but Preacher really takes the cake. We won’t spoil any details here – maybe in a different feature – but there are numerous scenes, details and even whole story arcs that have the potential to get very messy, so post-watershed are they. This will likely mean a lot of stuff will be cut or toned down, which is a shame really, but probably understandable. Seriously; stuff like Game Of Thrones are puppy play by comparison.

This Is the End‘s Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to write and executive produce, with Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin also executive producer/showrunner. Original Films’ Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon are also involved, who are responsible for titles like the ongoing Fast & Furious films, The Big C and Prison Break. There were rumours of Rogen being in the show too, but those are currently being denied.

More details on this as and when we have it.