HBO Hears Word of 'Preacher'
Network developing series based on comics
The network has begun developing an hour-long series based on the comic, about a disillusioned minister who, after merging with a supernatural being called Genesis, seeks out God in hopes of making Him answer for his abandonment of heaven.
Mark Steven Johnson, the writer-director of "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider," will write the pilot script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Howard Deutch ("Gleason," "Some Kind of Wonderful") is attached to direct; the two will also serve as executive producers along with Michael De Luca, Chris Bender, JC Spink and George Agusto.
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the creators of "Preacher," will be co-exec producers.
"Preacher" earned a cult following during its late 1990s run for its handling of spiritual issues, as well as its gallows humor and atmospheric visuals, which often draw on the language of westerns. After merging with Genesis and gaining superhuman powers, preacher Jesse Custer sets off to find God with his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy.
The HBO pilot is the latest of several attempts to adapt "Preacher"; none of the previous efforts made it all the way through the process. The most prominent of those was a movie with "X-Men" star James Marsden set to play Custer. It fizzled out in 2004.