Looks like we’ve got another obsession on our hands—and it goes by the name of “Preacher.” According to reports, “Preacher” is AMC’s newest drama and it looks like it will be replacing the gaping hole left in our hearts by the conclusion of “Breaking Bad.” But seriously, do we really think that a TV show created by Seth Rogen could ever match up to the drug- cooking lords of Albuquerque? Well, from the eight interesting facts we’ve learned about the show—it just might!
Here is what you should know about the new AMC series. But be warned: you might get hooked!
1. “Preacher” is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted 1990s comic book and was acquired for a TV series by Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
2. It took the funny men seven years for someone to finally take their plea of putting “Preacher” on air seriously. “This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on ‘Preacher’ and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” the duo said in a statement.
3. “Preacher” has everything you could ever want in an AMC show; vampires, murderers and a lot of blood. Here’s the official AMC description of the show:
“'Preacher' follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers —a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.”
4. Prior to being turned into a TV show, “Preacher” was originally pursued for a movie adaptation. James Marsden was cast as the lead role in 2002. “It was something I never knew anything about, but once I got my hands on the comic books, I was blown away by it,” the actor said.
5. Ennis and Dillon were turned down multiple times due to the religious controversy lurking throughout the pages of their comics. From filmmakers Rupert Harvey and Tom Astor to HBO, no one wanted to get their hands dirty with the comic until Rogen came around.
6. Sam Catlin, who worked on “Breaking Bad,” will also be working with Rogen and Goldberg on the series. So keep an eye out! Maybe you’ll spot some blue powder hidden within the scenes.
7. The comic-book creators would rather see their work turned into a TV series than a movie. “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 two-hour movie,” Ennis said.
8. Rogen knows the comic book inside and out, which is why Ennis wanted the bearded comedian to write for the drama. “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. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have," Ennis said in a statement.
What do you think of “Preacher”? Will you be watching the AMC show when it premieres?