Preacher Series In The Works

By Garth Franklin Thursday November 30th 2006 01:52AM

Premier cable broadcaster HBO is developing a one-hour series based on the popular Vertigo comics series "Preacher" reports

The comic, which ran from 1995-2000, told the story of 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 teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God - who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven - and hold him accountable for his negligence.

The series was known for tackling religious and political issues, along with utilising a dark and violent sense of humor, and its observations of American culture.

At one time a $25 million film with James Marsden attached to star in was in the works, but the project fell through.

This version is being done by "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider" director Mark Steven Johnson who will pen the pilot, whilst Howard Deutch will direct.