From 1995 to 2000, Northern Irish writer Garth Ennis and English illustrator Steve Dillon made a work of art called Preacher. The deliriously irreverent, Western-adoring graphic novel is now being adapted at AMC, home of The Walking Dead. It comes from Seth Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg, with Breaking Bad co-executive producer and writer Sam Catlin playing showrunner.
Two years after the show's existence started to seem real, we've got the first preview. Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Agent Carter) is Jesse Custer; Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is Tulip O'Hare; Joseph Gilgun (Emmerdale, The Last Witch Hunter) is the whiskey-guzzling Irish vampire Cassidy.
The Preacher trailer has the Texas dust, the rural church shots and the Breaking Bad guitar twang, but it doesn't reveal that Jesse is so much more than an arm-breaking punisher of abusive husbands/dads. In the comic he's given godlike powers at the outset, which he uses to track down God himself, who has abandoned Heaven and is hiding out on Earth. This is going to be boundary-breaking, protest-igniting stuff for TV, hands down.
Season one will run 10 episodes and debut, Variety says, in mid-2016. Rogen and Goldberg teamed to write the pilot. Their existing ouevre includes Superbad, This Is the End and Pineapple Express, none of which in any way resemble what Preacher will likely become.