Controversial ‘Preacher’ Series Dead At HBO, Says Mark Steven Johnson

In an interview with Comics Continuum, “Ghost Rider” and “Daredevil” director Mark Steven Johnson has all but confirmed that development of an HBO series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s “Preacher” has all but ended.

According to Johnson, filming was set to begin on the series — which the director said would have been a faithful adaptation to the book — until the new head of HBO (possibly Bill Nelson, appointed CEO in June 2007) decided that the series was far too violent and controversial. HBO then offered Johnson a chance to redevelop the production, but he refused, and stated in no uncertain terms, “I’m afraid it’s dead at HBO.”

Rumor has it that “Preacher” may find its way to the big screen, so there’s still hope out there for fans of the epic Vertigo series. We just might have to wait a bit longer.

Did Johnson make the right move by refusing to rework his vision of “Preacher?” Bummed that the HBO deal fell through? Let us know in the comments.