AMC is looking for that next big hit, and they’re betting that show will be Preacher.
This Vertigo comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon is about Jesse Custer, a small town preacher who is torn by booze and sin and who finds himself the vessel for a strange entity – the child of a mating between an angel and a demon. Filled with immense power, including The Word of God, which makes anyone do whatever he says, Jesse goes hunting for the Lord Almighty, who has abandoned creation. He aims to make him pay for leaving his children behind. Joining Jesse on his journey is his ex-girlfriend Tulip, who is now a hit woman, and a hundred year old Irish vampire named Cassidy. Along the way they battle secret religious commandos, the retarded descendent of Christ, a guy who fucks meat and even each other.
It’s violent, religious, blasphemous, the whole nine yards and everything that AMC needs that they lost when Breaking Bad and soon Mad Men. It would really go great next to Walking Dead. For those aware of this title, this series is the next big hump as it has been floundering in adaptation for a lot of years, and there’s no guarantee this version will get any farther than previous ones.
Stay tuned for more information to come.