AMC has placed a series order for a new drama to be co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios. The project is “Preacher,” based on the popular 1990s comic book franchise created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.
The show was developed for TV by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (“This Is the End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). Rogen & Goldberg will produce the series through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film, AMC announced.
A premiere date in mid-2016 is targeted, with the channel ordering 10 one-hour episodes.
The announcement describes “Preacher” as “the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, ‘Agent Carter’), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, ‘This Is England’) embark on a journey to, literally, find God.”
Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said of the project: “Garth Ennis’ ‘Preacher’ is, above all, about great characters — something we look for in all of our series. The fact that it is also darkly funny, has some great supernatural elements, and takes us on an incredible adventure is just the icing on the cake. The incredible creative team behind this show — led by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and Neal Moritz — made a pilot that completely blew us away, and we know the series will satisfy and surprise fans of the comics, and captivate fans of great TV everywhere.”