Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have begun work on the pilot episode of AMC’s small screen adaptation of Preacher, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Today Seth Rogen has tweeted a photo showing that work has started on the pilot episode with Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin who will serve as the series showrunner. See a photo of the Preacher pilot episode outline board after the jump.
Rogen tweeted the following photo with the caption “writing day”:
When AMC released their first official description for the Preacher series, fans noticed an interesting omission:
Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, 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.
There was no mention of Genesis and/or the Word, that God-like power that passes to Jesse via a a strange celestial offspring. Of course, the photo above features a notecard that mentions Genesis, which should calm some fans of the series. A lot of the other notecards are cut out of frame, but one on the bottom right appears to say “Daily Breakfast, Jesse w/” which could refer to the opening scene of the comic which features Custer alongside his girlfriend Tulip and friend Cassidy.
Rogen and Goldberg had previously said that they’ve “tried for seven years to” make Preacher happen and that it is their “favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right.” Preacher creator Garth Ennis had also previously released the following statement:
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.
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