Seth Rogen, along with co-writers Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, is hard at work getting ready to unveil his small-screen take on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s brilliant, but controversial comic series to the world, as Preacher will premiere on AMC next year.
We’ve obviously had the casting announcements and the occasional behind-the-scenes image etc., but we haven’t really heard that much about the specifics of the plot and the alterations being made to the source material… until now.
While speaking to Crave Online, Rogen went into some detail regarding the adaptation process, and admits that although they’re staying as true as possible to the spirit of the comic, changes are inevitable, and some of the more graphic elements will be left out entirely.
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.]
Unfortunately, Rogen doesn’t confirm whether fan-favorite character the Saint of Killers will be making an appearance or not, though it would seem pretty difficult to tell this story without him, so it’s a safe bet we’ll see him in some capacity.
Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, Ian Colletti as Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon and Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson as Betsy and Donny Schenck. It will premiere on AMC in early 2016.