It's been several months now since word first broke that AMC was interested in developing a series based on Garth Ennis' and Steve Dillon's comic book series Preacher, and today, the network has finally officially confirmed that this is indeed in active development.
All the major players previously reported are still on board. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who last did This is the End together, will exec produce and write the pilot script, and released this typically goofy statement:
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!
AMC clearly sees the story, of a Texas preacher who loses his faith in God and goes on a journey along with an ex-girlfriend and a "friendly vampire" while facing a foe called the Saint of Killers, as potentially worthy of populating the gaping hole left behind by the ending of Breaking Bad. It doesn't hurt that Breaking Bad writer Sam Caitlin will be showrunner on Preacher either.
Ennis also gave a lengthy statement lauding the collaboration:
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. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it's exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. 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. 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.