After more than a decade gestating in development, a TV series based on Garth Ennis’ super-dark comic Preacher is finally happening. But they’ll be tweaking a few things for the change of medium.
Producer Evan Goldberg talked with Collider at SXSW about the project, which is currently winding its way toward an eventual debut on AMC. Goldberg promised they’ll be “as true to the comic” as possible, but noted a few structure changes will be needed to flesh out the story on the small screen.
Basically they’ll be reordering some background and rejiggering some flashbacks, but they plan to keep the overall story and ending the same. Here’s a excerpt where Goldberg discusses what he and collaborator Seth Rogen are up to behind closed doors:
“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 gonna stay as true to the comic as we can. We need to change some stuff but we’re not gonna change much, I hope. We’re just gonna do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re gonna [do the] same characters, same story, same ending. We’re gonna 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 gonna try to stick to what it is as best we can.
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.”
It sounds like Goldberg really has a reverence for the comic but won’t be so beholden to it that it affects the adaptation. If it turns out that way, it should make for one awesome compromise. Do you think they can actually pull it off?