Last month it was confirmed that Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s cult favorite comic series Preacher–long considered to be unfilmable–would be adapted as a TV series by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for AMC.
Goldberg recently had a chat with Collider, where he discussed–among other things–his desire to remain as loyal as possible to the source material (after the jump).
Here’s what Goldberg had to say regarding his hopes for the new show:
We just had a meeting with AMC and Garth Ennis, who’s the writer, and we all kind of seemed to agree that we’re going to stay as true to the comic as we can. We need to change some stuff but we’re not going to change much, I hope. We’re just going to do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re going to do the same characters, same story, same ending. We’re going try to stick to Preacher as best we can. We’re making it with Sam Catlin who did Breaking Bad, and so he might tell me I’m wrong about all of this and that the real way to do it is different because he’s much smarter and better at all this than I am. But we’re going try to stick to what it is as best we can.
There have been multiple failed attempts to adapt Preacher in the past–primarily as a feature film. Goldberg talked about why he thinks they’ll have more luck with a series:
We’re beyond excited, we’ve tried to make it for 10 years. The big difference is everyone else tried to make it a movie and it shouldn’t be a movie. It should be an AMC show, that’s the proper way for it to get done… It’s too big; you can’t do that in a movie. It’s just too big. You’ve gotta learn the characters, it’s all about a love triangle and you need to grow with them and see the woman swayed one way or the other, and in a movie you just can’t accomplish all that.
If you’re unfamiliar with Preacher, it tells the story of a down on his luck preacher (well, duh) in Texas. The Preacher is given incredible powers when he’s possessed by an entity called Genesis–the unnatural spawn of an angel and a demon. He hooks up with an ex-girlfriend and a drunken Irish vampire, and sets out on a cross-country quest to find God: Not in the figurative, existential journey sense, but literally. The Deity has gone AWOL, and the Preacher and his cohorts seek to find him, and hold him accountable for his irresponsible actions.
No premiere date has been announced as of yet. The series has retained the services of Breaking Bad producer Sam Catlin as showrunner and co-executive producer along with Rogen, Goldberg, Vivian Cannon, Ken Levin, Ori Marmur, Neal Moritz and Jason Netter.
Source: Coming Soon