Watch out, Rick Grimes. There's a new sheriff in town.
AMC, the home of "The Walking Dead," has officially ordered a pilot for "Preacher," based on the 1990s Vertigo Comics series written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon. The comic, which lasted 66 issues, chronicles the adventures of Jesse Custer, a man who commands the word of God, as he travels across the world with his sharp-shooting girlfriend Tulip and hard-drinking vampire Cassidy.
The trio aims to find God, who has abandoned his post in Heaven, and hold him accountable for his sins.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the pilot script and are executive producing alongside show runner Sam Catlin, who is already an AMC veteran thanks to his experience working on "Breaking Bad."
Best of all: Rogen and Goldberg are directing the pilot. Considering that they showed us their version of Heaven in "This is The End"…
…and their version of Hell…
…one can only imagine what they're going to do with both realms as glimpsed in the pages of "Preacher."
“'Preacher' has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement, according to Variety. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”
The "Preacher" pilot goes into production next summer, for series consideration in 2016.