First rumored back in November, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have now officially announced an agreement to develop Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic series "Preacher" as a dramatic series for AMC.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("This Is the End") will write and executive produce the series while Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad") will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
The story follows a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.
Given immense powers, the preacher teams with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and sets out on a journey across America to find God -- who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven -- and hold him accountable for his negligence.
AMC's executive vice president Joel Stillerman says in a statement: "This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we're thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series."
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg say: "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!"
Garth Ennis says: "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."