Preacher Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics), with painted covers by Glenn Fabry. Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in a small Texas town who is accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church. Garth Ennis, feeling Preacher would translate perfectly as a film, sold the film rights to Electric Entertainment. Rachel Talalay was hired to direct, with Ennis writing the script. Rupert Harvey and Tom Astor were set as producers. By May 1998, Ennis completed three drafts of the script, based largely on the Gone to Texas story arc. The filmmakers found it difficult financing Preacher because investors found the idea religiously controversial. Ennis approached Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier to help finance the film under their View Askew Productions banner. Ennis, Smith and Mosier pitched Preacher to Bob Weinstein at Miramax Films. Weinstein was confused by the characterization of Jesse Custer. Miramax also did not want to share the box office gross with Electric Entertainment, ultimately dropping the pitch. By May 2000, Smith and Mosier were still attached to produce with Talalay directing, but Smith did not know the status of Preacher, feeling it would languish in development hell. By then, Storm Entertainment, a UK-based production company known for their work on independent films, joined the production with Electric Entertainment. In September 2001, the two companies announced Preacher had been greenlighted to commence pre-production, with filming to begin in November and Talaly still directing Ennis' script. The production and start dates were pushed back because of financial issues of the $25 million projected budget. James Marsden was cast in the lead role sometime in 2002. In a March 2004 interview, Marsden said the filmmakers were hoping for filming to start the following August. With the full-length film adaptation eventually abandoned with budgetary concerns, HBO announced in November 2006 that they commissioned Mark Steven Johnson and Howard Deutch to produce a television pilot. Johnson was to write with Deutch directing. Impressed with Johnson's pilot script, HBO had him write the series bible for the first season but by August 2008, new studio executives at HBO decided to abandon the idea, finding it too stylistically dark and religiously controversial. Columbia Pictures then purchased the film rights in October 2008 with Sam Mendes directing. Neal H. Moritz and Jason Netter are producing the film. The previous scripts written by Ennis will not be used.
"Yer Ma's a hooer!" In an inspired bit of casting, This Is England's Joe Gilgun has joined AMC's small screen take on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's controversial Preacher comic as hard drinking Irish vampire, Proinsias Cassidy. More past the jump...
Yesterday we found out that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ruth Negga would be playing Tulip in AMC's Preacher adaptation, and now they've added 18-year old Ian Colletti as poor, unfortunate, hilarious Arseface. Click on for more...
Rumors point to her fellow Marvel TV alum Dominic Cooper being the frontrunner to play Jesse Custer, but in the first bit of official casting news for the AMC Preacher pilot, Ruth Negga has landed the role of his gun-toting girlfriend, Tulip O'Hara. More past the jump...
Apparently no offer has officially been made, but word is that AMC wants Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avengers, Agent Carter) to lead their small-screen adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher as the Reverend Jesse Custer.
While fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's awesome comic series anxiously await details on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small-screen adaptation, we might have some news on how they're looking to cast one of the 3 lead roles: Tulip O'Hare. Click on for more...
The Green Hornet actor has tweeted a pic of a stack of Blu-rays that he and Evan Goldberg will apparently take influence from for their small-screen adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's controversial comic series. Fans should be pleased!
Well before his days at Marvel, Alonso worked as a Vertigo Comics editor & helped shape Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher. With such familiarity with the source material, does Marvel Comics' top boss have a strong opinion about the forthcoming TV show from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg?
Preacher fans were surprised to learn about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's involvement with the adaptation of the classic Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book series, but AMC (the network behind Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead) have now given the pilot the green light!
Preacher executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have tweeted that they've begun writing the script for the AMC comic book adapation and that they're working with comic book creator Garth Ennis.
Deacon Askani makes his mission statement.
Not the actual title track now, but the first song we'll hear after the credits role -- and it should be familiar to readers of Garth Ennis' controversial comic series. See what Rogen posted to his Twitter account after the jump..
A simple but telling twitter tease from comedian Seth Rogen for AMC's upcoming, live-action Preacher tv series. We have some official confirmation that Rogen and co.'s take on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion comic book won't stray too far from the source material.
Had Evan Goldberg And James Weaver not been able to land Preacher, the duo state they would have gone after Y: The Last Man. "Y: The Last Man as a feature is ludicrous. It’s perfectly made to be a TV show."
The star of the comedy flick Bad Neighbors updates /Film on the progress of the small screen adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's gloriously messed up Preacher, which Rogen is writing along with Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin.
While speaking to Collider, Goldberg discusses his plans to bring (along with Seth Rogen) Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's gloriously messed up comic series to the small screen for an AMC tv show. The plan is to be as faithful to the comic as possible, but they'll "need to change some stuff".
It has been confirmed today that The Is The End's Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will indeed be adapting Preacher for AMC, while Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin has joined the project as showrunner. Hit the jump for details on the series and comments from all those involved.
According to Bleeding Cool, although AMC has acquired North American broadcast rights for the show, the adaptation of Garth Ennis' controversial comic series will actually be a Sony Pictures Television production. They've also confirmed that Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg are on board.
Yes, a pilot for an adaptation Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's brilliant but controversial comic series has been ordered at AMC, the network that brought us Breaking Bad and Mad Men. This is great news for fans who didn't want to see the story condensed into one movie! Read on for more.
Director D.J. Caruso provides an update on the status of the Preacher movie and also discusses the chances of an I Am Number Four sequel. "I'm still attached to Preacher," says Caruso.
After the jump, check out what producer Neal Moritz (R.I.P.D., The Green Hornet) had to say about the upcoming film adaptations of The Boys and Preacher during a little chat with the guys over at Collider.
In the past Skyfall's Sam Mendes, was attached to direct a film adaptation of "Preacher," a DC/Vertigo Comics' series that was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon.
"It is something that could be greenlit at some time but honestly, it won't be any time soon."
John August, the screenwriter of Tim Burton's latest stop-motion animated film, "Frankenweenie," describes the development of "Preacher" film as "gestating." Hit the jump to check it out.
Garth Ennis' ground breaking Maxi-series is in development hell, and while a Writer and some select actors may have been chosen, I have a better way of going about it.
While chatting to MTV about Transformers: DOTM, LaBeouf admitted that he loves the Preacher comic by Garth Ennis and would be all for playing the horrifically scarred character, Arseface..