Five years ago, the AMC Network green-lit a show unlike anything else on television at the time. This decision instigated feelings of jubilation among die-hard comic book fans while subsequently causing the network suits and actors on wondering if they made a huge mistake in getting involved with the crazy project. Of course, the series I’m referring to is The Walking Dead. Now on the verge of its sixth season, AMC’s zombie juggernaut is one hugely popular program. And now, half a decade later, the network is dipping its toes into another kooky strange comic-book property.
Earlier on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher pilot has been ordered to series. This is…crazy, really. While it may have been difficult to fully realize how the undead would be portrayed on the Robert Kirkman series above, this Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon material is just batsh*t silly-butt insane-times and I’m not alone in that assertion…
“We started reading the comic when it first came out in the ’90s,” Rogen and Goldberg have remarked of Preacher. “In many ways Garth’s sense of drama and comedy and Steve Dillon’s visual aesthetic helped form our style, and the idea that we are actually bringing Preacher to life is a dream come true. This is the craziest thing ever and we can’t wait to move forward and work our asses off to make it the best it can be.”
Once the news officially hit, Rogen took to his Twitter with his own sense of foreboding excitement:
Look, don’t get me wrong here. When I say the comic-book subject matter is batsh*t insane, I mean that in the best possible way. However, there are storylines and character details featured in the books that feel way too — dare I say — dangerous for even AMC to tackle. However, my trepidations about the upcoming series adaptation are somewhat calmed when I think about how far The Walking Dead — and cable television, for that matter — has come in the past half decade.
Since its pilot order, we touched on some intriguing casting news for the project which includes the perfect choice of Dominic Cooper as Rev. Jesse Custer. And while I’m not completely sold on the look of both Arseface and Cassidy, I shall do my best to reserve my judgement for now. Preacher is set to premiere its 10-episode first season — if it gets a second season, I just may die — sometime in mid-2016. Get ready people, this is going to be straight up bananas!