Last Rites for HBO’s Preacher Series

Pray all you want, but that Preacher series HBO was thinking about doing? Not happening. Sez Mark Steven Johnson over at Comics Continuum:

“We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going,” Johnson told The Continuum. “But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point!

“It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word. 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.

This is a shame, but I have to imagine that Garth Ennis?upon hearing that Preacher is too violent for the network that aired The Sopranos?just high-fived himself.