Seth Rogen taking on 'Preacher' series for AMC?

'Preacher' may finally getting a network television adaptation if AMC decides to pick it...

'Preacher' may finally getting a network television adaptation if AMC decides to pick it up. (Vertigo Images/HANDOUT)

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

Comic book fans hold onto your trades, you may be in for a bit of a ride.

'Preacher,' one of the most celebrated graphic novel series to debut in the past decade may be getting its own show on AMC. To sweeten the deal, it looks like rumors may be true -- self-professed comic book fanboy Seth Rogen will be lending his creative vision to the project.

News of the 'Preacher' adaptation hit the internet early Saturday morning, when Badass Digest's Devin Faraci reported AMC had ordered a pilot for the show. At the time, Faraci had no idea who would be sitting behind the lens or penning the script for the adaptation, but reflected it could be any number of people who have been tied to a 'Preacher' project in recent years.

"I don't know who is attached to the TV series, but I hear the names are big and impressive," Faraci wrote.

As Saturday evening rolled around, Rogen tweeted two sly tweets back-to-back, surreptitiously alluding fans to the news that was circulating.

Although AMC has yet to comment on the rumours, the three names Rogen tweeted in the second post, "Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.," are all heavily used names and symbols within the graphic novel.

Written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillion, 'Preacher' has been praised and criticized for its glorifying of gory violence and its disregard for religious morals. The result of which has been uproar among parent associations world wide, making the comic book world feel like it was 1955 once again.

The story follows Jesse Custer, a disgraced preacher who learns he is not a mere human being, but a physical embodiment of evil and good, the conception of an angel and a demon's love affair. Custer learns early on he has the power to simply make others do as he pleases, casting the 'Word of God' upon them.

Custer ventures off with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and a century old vampire, Cassidy, to fight the 'Almighty Lord' and avenge his fallen children who have also been abandoned.

While it looks like Rogen is almost certainly the man behind the 'Preacher' motion, he wasn't the first to be attached to the project.

Badass Digest reported the unofficial king of 'nerd work' Kevin Smith had tried to get Harvey Weinstein to fund a motion picture project based on Ennis' screenplay adaptation in 1998. Digest also reported that big names like Sam Mendes (Skyfall), D.J. Caruso (I am Number Four) and Rachel Talaly (Haven) have all been rumoured around the project throughout the years.

The decision to pick up the show is immensely important when examining the future of the network.

There has been a long discussion over what will happen to AMC once their "drought" sets in following Mad Men's finale. With 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' and 'The Killing' all coming to an end, the only show AMC could make cash on would be the "groundbreaking and violent" zombie drama, 'The Walking Dead.'

The move to pick up 'Preacher,' a show many networks and film studios have strayed away from because of its blasphemous nature, could be its saving grace. It seems AMC has found their core demographic of viewers, those vivaciously anticipating the next disturbing or gory scene in 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Walking Dead' and are playing directly into their hands.

It should be noted a network that carries Smith's 'Comic Book Men' would probably be the first to begin a lineage of comic book series adaptations anyways.


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