The upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher comic for HBO has been canned. Kaput. Squashed. Killed. Dead.
Executive producer Mark Steven Johnson (director, Daredevil, Ghost Rider), who wrote the one-hour TV series pilot, tells Comics Continuum that the new head of the cable network thought the series “was just too dark and too violent and too controversial.”
“It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word,” says Johnson. “They offered me the chance to redevelop it but I refused. I’ve learned my lesson on that front and I won’t do it again. So I’m afraid it’s dead at HBO.”
Plans for the series were announced in November 2006 and delighted fans who were bummed when a previous attempt to adapt Preacher as a feature film was abandoned.
But the film idea is not totally dead. “I’ve heard someone is in the process of getting the rights to turn it into a feature film [again],” Johnson noted. “I hope that happens. But I hope it happens as a series of movies as one movie couldn’t do it justice.”