After being rejected by HBO for being ‘too edgy’ even by their standards, getting turned down for movie adaptation (starring James Marsden) then a movie again (directed by D.J. Caruso) before it was finally picked up by AMC, Preacher, much like its comic-book source material, has a long and winding tale to tell. The development team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been picking and prodding at the original work in an effort to turn it into TV material and we’re finally going to get our chance to see it, now that we’ve finally got a definitive release date…
Preacher will be airing on AMC on Sunday, May 22 at 10 PM ET/PT, with an encore showing next week with back-to back airing on May 29th. The series will begin its scheduled viewing on Sunday, June 5 at 9 PM ET/PT and Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes, all told. This format reminds us a lot of the Walking Dead‘s original approach, so we are counting on a solid first season that will get us all good and hyped, with tighter episodes that steer as close to the source material as possible.
Then again, comic book nerds shouldn’t get their hopes too high up. While Rogen and Goldberg have gone at length about how they have done their best to keep some of the more dubiously photogenic characters in the show (namely Aresface, played by Ian Colletti, the nicest rockstar you’ll ever meet), some of the darker and more ambiguous material might not make it to the final cut and might be adapted for airing. Which makes sense, especially if you’ve read the exposition bit about Christ’s ultimate fate in Masada. What’s worrying us the most however, is that there has been no casting announcement for the most relatable bastard in fiction, Herr Starr, who we are hoping will not be cut from the show, especially since the rest of the cast have already been firmly established. Heck, they even cast Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earl Haley) and he doesn’t show up until Salvation!
Still, the actors reprising the roles seem to be pumped to play their parts, with Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as recovering hitgirl Tulip, and Joseph Gilgun as the worst vampire in the world, Proinsias Cassidy. Also starring are Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore and Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck.
Then again, we shouldn’t worry too much. After all, Garth Ennis himself gave a pretty encouraging endorsement after viewing the show’s pilot:
“I’m delighted with it. I like Jesse’s grim dialogue taking you through it, and his explosion into violence. And Cassidy’s little moment at the end is the icing on the cake.”
And if the perpetually angry, blasphemous comic book writer is happy with it, then we guess we can compromise. Meanwhile, this spanking new promotional poster seems to be encouraging: