While Marvel has lead the charge on the big screen, DC and their various imprints have been taking the small screen by storm.
Vertigo is one of those imprints, and after a few successful movie adaptations we are starting to see a number of titles in production for television, largely thanks to the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Vertigo has been a leader the comic industry with spectacular stories from fantastic creators that resonate with a more mature comic reader and would make for excellent television. A couple of recent announcements give us a hope that we will start to see some of these great TV adaptations coming from Vertigo.
Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, has been in one kind of development hell after another for years, but reached some firm ground recently as AMC officially went into production with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin as showrunner and executive producer. We reported on this earlier as a rumor, but with an official move from AMC things are finally looking good for Jesse Custer and the rest of the gang from Preacher.
Rogen and Goldberg stated:
“This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”
Garth Ennis also had a few words to say about seeing Preacher finally moving into production:
“Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see ‘Preacher’ being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a two-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men,’ and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that ‘Preacher’ needs.
Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand ‘Preacher’ fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like ‘Preacher’ can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”
And AMC’s official description of the show:
“‘Preacher’ follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print — an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers — a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.”
Another recent announcement has brought Brian Wood’s DMZ into the limelight, as plans have begun to adapt the series for Syfy. DMZ focuses on photo journalist Matty Roth, who finds himself stuck in Manhattan, which has become a demilitarized zone caught between warring territories as America fights its second civil war. The series ran for 72 issues and details the lives of those in the DMZ, as well as the risks involved for Roth, whose celebrity status as the only news source in Manhattan makes him a target.
The series is being developed by Mad Men‘s Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, who will executive produce the series alongside Gravity producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films. While still early in the development of the series, DMZ is a unique, action-packed and politically charged series that could be a big hit for Syfy, which is good news for fans of the series.
What are your thoughts on these Vertigo series on the small screen? Do you think they would work better in theaters? Let us know in the comments section below!