It’s happening, people! Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s classic graphic novel series, Preacher, is officially underway under the direction of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the duo behind Pineapple Express and the script for Superbad. Rogen took to Twitter to announce the news, offering a shot of a filled-out clapperboard with Preacher graphics adorning it. It’s great news for one of the most highly anticipated television events currently in production, and there’s the added benefit of a second, more minor reveal concerning the forthcoming pilot, as the “Camera” line notes that the great cinematographer Bill Pope will be shooting the pilot for Rogen and Goldberg.
For those who don’t know the name, Pope has been one of the most inventive and distinct directors of photography to work regularly in Hollywood over the last three decades or so. He shoots regularly for Sam Raimi, Edgar Wright, and the Wachowski siblings, but has also done some fascinating, stylish work in Jake Kasdan‘s Zero Effect, the immortal Clueless, and proved a crucial collaborator on Team America: World Police. Pope has a reputation as a master of enriching gaudy spectacles with perfectly balanced and timed camera movements, and an expert’s sense of light and framing; he’s an artist who understands size and depth within compositions deeply, which is likely why he was hired for Team America.
As for the cast, Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) will be playing the lead role of Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, and develops the ability to make anyone do what he says. Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) has also been cast in the role of Cassidy, an Irish Vampire, along with Ian Colletti (Rake, Jimmy, Baby Mama) as Arseface, and Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip.
Preacher will be a fascinating look at how Rogen, Goldberg, and Pope envision the Southern Gothic environs of the source material, the desolate landscapes churned up and ripped up from under by a series of dark, violent events caused by supernatural agents of good and evil. With Pope at the camera, and a script by Rogen, Goldberg, and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin, Preacher very well may end up being the most visually cinematic series to hit the small screen since House of Cards premiered.
Preacher is set for release in 2016 on AMC. Check out Rogen’s tweet below:
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 13, 2015