AMC already has one hit TV series based on a comic book thanks to The Walking Dead, but next year the network will launch an arguably more exciting project adapted from one of the most acclaimed comics of the ‘90s: Preacher, a seminal horror/fantasy/drama story from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon.
Preacher is the story of Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who finds himself possessed by a supernatural entity known as Genesis. Genesis is a crime against heaven – part angel, part demon – and its presence within Jesse grants the preacher incredible, perhaps unprecedented power that allows him to basically make anyone do what he wants. With his new abilities helping to drive him, Jesse journeys across American with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an awesome Irish vampire named Cassidy to literally find God, who left heaven after Genesis was created. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds, in a very, very good way.
About two years ago, we got word that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad and a whole host of other things) would be adapting the series for AMC, and after months of waiting for the first footage, we finally got it last night during The Walking Dead broadcast. The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip, and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy. The trailer doesn’t really dig into the supernatural aspects of the story much, but there’s plenty of gruff Texas twang, and a whole lot of menace. Check it out.
Preacher arrives next year, at which point it might just become your new favorite show.