Following several rumors, it was confirmed last month that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would be bringing Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic comic title “Preacher” to the small screen in a new AMC TV series. Speaking with Collider in a recent interview, Goldberg laid out his hopes for the series and their desire to not change very much from the source material.
“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 several attempts in the past to adapt “Preacher,” though they’ve all mostly been in the form of a feature film. Goldberg explained why he thinks it’s best to go in for the long haul with a series saying:
“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.”
Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, “Preacher” tells the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher, teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire, set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.
“Breaking Bad” producer Sam Catlin will be the series’ showrunner and will also executive produce alongside Rogen, Goldberg, Vivian Cannon, Ken Levin, Ori Marmur, Neal Moritz and Jason Netter.