A HOLYWOOD comic book writer looks set to be the next Hollywood smash with a TV show that’s tipped to be the new Walking Dead.
Garth Ennis’ series Preacher was one of the biggest names on the 1990s comics scene, and over the past 15 years there have been repeated attempts to bring it to the world’s television screens.
And that long quest has finally paid off as American channel AMC, the people behind prestige hits Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, have commissioned a pilot episode for a TV version of Preacher.
It’s being developed by the current golden boys of film comedy, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – the writing and directing duo behind Superbad, This Is The End and The Interview.
Rogen and Goldberg’s production company is set to make the Preacher pilot while the pair are slated to direct it.
They said, “Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out. Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honour to be working on this.”
From that it’s safe to assume the new adaptation will stick close to the comic’s mix of hard-hitting religious satire and over-the-top comedy violence – so it’s probably just as well Rogen and Goldberg are no strangers to controversy.
Just last year The Interview, a comedy about an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un, angered North Korea and is thought to have been the motivation behind a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that leaked confidential emails and several upcoming movies.
Sony pulled The Interview shortly before it was due for release, but yanking it was in turn condemned by everyone from right-wing US TV pundits to Barack Obama. Eventually released digitally, it topped the charts on YouTube and Google Play.
Still, they’re likely to be battening down the hatches over Preacher, which will inevitably stir up controversy all of its own.