Television studios across the board seemed to have finally manned up, accepting that the populace can handle and craves darker and grittier story lines, instead of sticking to the safe content of yesteryear. AMC, a front runner in this with its comic based hit The Walking Dead, is rolling the dice, again bringing the comic series Preacher to the small screen. The Preacher TV series was previously passed up by HBO in 2008. The reasoning: “it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial.” said Screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson. On board as Executive Producers are writing buddies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who brought us movies like Superbad and last year’s hilarious hit This is the End.
Rogen and Golberg showed their love for the project saying, “We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us” and “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” Leaving no doubt that they will try to do it justice.
The comic, created by Garth Ennis and Artist Steve Dillon, is the story of a Texan Priest possessed by a super spirit named Genesis, which is a creature born of an angel and a demon and bearing the power to rival God himself. The Preacher, Jessie Custer, with his new found power to bend the will of the masses with his voice, searches for answers, along with his gun toting girlfriend Tulip and vampire buddy Cassidy.
Props have to be given to AMC for taking on the topic of religion, only time will tell if they stick to their guns when met with inevitable controversy from the religious community. Other less controversial stories, like 666 Park Avenue, have been pulled from station line ups at the faintest hint of religious disapproval. Will the execs stand behind the show long enough to gain a strong following? For an amazing story like Preacher I truly hope so.