Director Mark Steven Johnson has finished the first draft of his next project, Preacher, a pilot for HBO based on the Vertigo Comics series, according to SCI FI Wire:

"I am a big fan of them," Johnson said in an interview at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention over the weekend. "I think it has to be a series that lasts a few years. I have just finished the rough draft of the pilot, and we're very close to starting it."

The script is taken pretty much from the books created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillonwith, with each issue an hour, Johnson said. It's too early to discuss casting until the script is final, he said.