As you’ve probably heard, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ingenious comic book series Preacher is being developed by Seth Rogen into a television series for AMC. Rogen recently interviewed with CraveOnline, and explained what kinds of differences we’ll see between the highly controversial source material and its small-screen adaptation. Fan’s of the comic must be pretty understanding about this; some of the over the top, off the wall elements that we love so much about the comic are simply not fit for tv!
Rogen isn’t alone on this endeavor- he’s found writing partners in Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, and has assured us that while changes were bound to be made, the core vibe of the comic will not be compromised.
“We are changing the specifics of how the narrative is unfolding. A lot of the building blocks we are not changing, a lot of characters we’re keeping, but we want to make a show that if you’re a fan of the comic, you don’t know what to expect. And we have no interest honestly in just doing a literal page-to-page adaptation. It just seems like the most boring creative endeavor one could go on! I mean there’s some things that even Garth will argue, is quick to admit that we probably should not even attempt to put on television. There’s some characters, we’re talking about maybe we combine these two into one person. But to us the tangential element is one of our favorite things. The fact that it does go off into these other worlds and explore these other characters, I mean that’s something that we wholeheartedly intend on indulging in because it’s one of the best parts about the comic. Just the massive tapestry of f***ing weirdos. [Laughs.]”
He makes a solid point there; if they were to do a page-by-page adaptation of the comic, where would the fun be for those that have already read it? Sure it would still be fun seeing it all brought back to life, but having some fresh and new surprises for fans seems like a great thing. The interview also revealed what seemed like a confirmation that we’ll get a glimpse of Jesse’s spirit guide (in the form of the ghost of John Wayne), but no mention was made of the fan-favorite Saint of Killers.
Preacher’s cast includes Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, Ian Collet as Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon, and Jamie Anna Allman and Derek Wilson as Betsy and Donny Schenck.