Unlike the marvel films which have all had superhero “good guys” liked by fans and critics for their heroic deeds and actions, the attempts to capitalize on more anti-hero type characters that comic imprint Vertigo is know and praised for has been less than fruitful, The first attempt, the film Constantine released ten years ago and based on the Vertigo comic book Hellblazer,
barely got back a little more than half for its budget and only received mixed reviews by critics and fans alike, and no sequelhas been since considered. The more recent tv series attempt barely survived it first season before being canceled, despite in praised by some as being more faithful to the source material but ultimately being considered a less appealing version of the WB long running series Supernatural.
And then there is the Vertigo comic book graphic novel Sandman, which has been stuck in the purgatory know better as developmental hell for even longer, all now going on 25 years. In a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2007, Gaiman remarked that “[he’d] rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie.” In 2013, Warner Bros. announced that David S. Goyer will be producing a film adaptation of the comic book series with Joseph Gordon-Levitt within its upcoming Vertigo film slate. Gordon-Levitt dropped out on Mar 5th, 2016, after Eric Heisserer was brought on as screenwriter.
And now after years for attempts by it original creators since it creation in 2000 and even a attempt by HBO failed to produce anything now surprisingly AMC has announced that the series has been created and is scheduled to premiere will arrive May 22nd, following the midseason finale of Fear the Walking Dead season 2. Even more surprising is the two main producers of the series Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, both more know for their ranchy comedy. The story of Texas preacher Reverend Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) – and his journey to kill God after being possessed by a half angel, half devil entity called Genesis – isn’t going to be an exact adaptation of the comic. Many of the story’s original cast of characters will remain cuch as Custer’s ex-girlfriend Tulip boozy Irish vampire Cassidy, KKK clansmen Odin Quincannon and of course, Arseface but some characters simply won’t work on television according to Rogan. Check out the trailer below)
Preacher premieres Sunday, May 22nd, 2015 on AMC.