[TV] AMC Orders “Preacher” Pilot. I Cringe In Fear.

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Massive update here! One of the greatest comic franchises ever is “Preacher”, created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. In fact, it’s the sole reason I got back into reading comics after being raped by the holographic foil covered garbage from the 90′s.

It’s also the one adaptation I’ve been praying for since as long as I can remember. After being in development at various networks, cablers, and even movie studios, nothing has ever come into fruition. I’ve been banging my head into the wall in frustration, and at various points written right here on the site that I’m officially done waiting for it. I’ll believe it when I see it. I still stand by this, even with BadAssDigest‘s exciting news that a series is finally heading to pilot over at AMC.

This would normally be the best news in my lifetime, being that AMC was one of my favorite cablers, delivering award worthy television such as “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”. But they’ve seriously dropped the ball with “The Walking Dead”. I know a lot of you guys love the show, and I respect that, but it isn’t close to as good as it should be – and I can only hope that AMC suits also feel the same.

It makes me nervous that AMC could deliver such a lackluster series, especially considering the source work of Robert Kirkman is tremendous. Will the same happen to Ennis’ Vertigo comic “Preacher”?

I want to be screaming in excitement right now, yet I’m sitting here writing a piece sprinkled in trepidation, preparing myself for extreme disappointment. After “The Walking Dead” I have no faith that AMC can deliver award worthy television without the help of a studio partner (like Lionsgate or Sony).

And let’s not forget about all of the failed pilots, such at Joe Hill’s “Locke & Key”, which was turned down by Fox. Shit happens.

Ranting aside, this is fantastic news considering how dark and vicious the source material is. It’s the kind of story that will piss off religious groups, and cause quite a stir in the media (if done faithfully). Hollywood is missing the balls to take a chance on something like “Preacher”, so there’s a bit of a celebration that AMC is taking such a risk. Let’s just hope that they’ve learned a major lesson with “Walking Dead” and find a way to give us horror fans something remarkable and timeless. Otherwise, I’m going to hunt them down and make them answer for failing their followers (see what I did there, again?).

ABOUT “PREACHER”

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

 
  • marcos5777

    The Walking Dead is much better than Mad Men or Breaking Bad!
    Like you said, I respect your opinion, but certainly disagree.

    • Voorhees83

      The Walking Dead is awesome, but no way in hell it is better then Breaking Bad.

    • feck

      agreed – I like TWD dead too, but BB is, IMO, the best show in TV history.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    I’m excited to see this happening, however, there simply isn’t any way the show will be able to show a majority of the vicious and offensive stuff from the comic. It will have to be watered down some just like the walking dead show is a watered down version of that comic. And who really gives a shit if something is ‘award worthy’.

  • bonerghost

    I’m excited. I read the movie script years back and it was wayyyy to condensed. This way it can properly get told in a series. AMC is right up there with HBO and Showtime as far as series go in my opinion. I’m pretty sure it won’t suck given the material, but will it get picked up after the Pilot is the question.

  • Phantasmaniac

    Sweet with the awesome job AMC has done with The Walking Dead and my favorite show ever Breaking Bad this is great news.

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    I’ll be so mad if they fuck this up. This is one of my favorite comics of all time.

  • Clappingfetus

    LOL Here he goes again with his fuckin anti-walking dead bullshit. I wish he would just accept that it is not changing or going away no matter how much he prays because more and more people are getting into it and for the most part the majority of people enjoy it quite a lot. Even Robert Kirkman is proud of it and he is the creator. I am just soo sick of all the cynical negativity being poured on this show for no reason, its like im listening to some fuckin hipster bitching about the evil that is “mainstream”.

  • Ultrazilla

    “Let’s just hope that they’ve learned a major lesson with ‘Walking Dead’.” LMAO! And just what would that lesson be? How to make a hit, high rated series?!? Seriously dude, this anti Walking Dead shtick is bordering on retardation…

  • Vadicta

    I don’t understand this: So, the AMC is ruining Robert Kirkman’s work, but Robert Kirkman is writing the show. So, he must be shitting all over his own source material.

    I don’t watch The Walking Dead, so I don’t have an opinion, but I think at when a network hires the comic’s creator to do the adaptation, it’s litterally done all it can to ensure the show’s quality.

  • SaturdayThe14th

    I do watch and like The Walking Dead show. However, I do think the book is much better. As for Preacher: I don’t see how AMC could do it right without having the balls to catch a lot of shit, and do not want to see my second favorite story of all time get thoroughly fucked on television.

  • Fro$ty

    This seems like a very risky thing to do for AMC. But if they pull it off, itll be pretty awesome. I mean I have never heard of preacher, but the little bit about it in this article plus that AWESOME picture has me interested.

    • SaturdayThe14th

      I highly recommend reading Preacher. Best comic ever in my opinion. Not sure which picture you’re referring to, but Glen Fabry is the cover artist (the picture of Jesse the preacher up top) and Steve Dillon does the interior art (Cassidy the vampire). Both great artists. I’m going to re-read it soon for sure. My only wish is that it was for the first time again.