As some of you may already know, Seth Rogen is currently developing Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s fan-favorite Preacher comic-book series for AMC. During a recent interview with Crave Online, Rogen explained how the show will differ from the original source material.
Rogen, who is hard at work the supernatural series with writing partners Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, gave some details as to what viewers and readers of the comics can expect to see, and if certain things will be altered or omitted for the TV adaptation.
“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! [Laughs.]”
No doubt we're all relieved to learn that Rogen and company are trying to keep the spirit of the comic intact by keeping most of the main ingredients that made Preacher a success, as well as the characters we've all come to know and love. That's a good thing. However, it's clear they'll also go all Walking Dead on the show by changing a few things here and there, keeping fans of the comics on their toes in the process. Which is also a good thing.
When Rogen was asked how he planned to fit in the plethora of awesome secondary characters found in the Preacher comics, the actor said that he would add them in some capacity.
“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*****g weirdos. [Laughs.]"
The actor also hinted that we may yet see Jesse Custer’s (Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter’s Dominic Cooper) spirit guide -- who happens to be the ghost of John Wayne (yep!). When asked how one goes about to play such a character, Rogen replied, “I don’t know! [Laughs.] That’s a good question. Someone shrouded in shadow.”
AMC’s upcoming Preacher series boasts a stellar cast that includes 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 in the roles of Betsy and Donny Schenck. It is set to premiere in the summer of 2016.
What do you think of Seth Rogen’s comments about his upcoming Preacher series? Are you excited to see the end result on your TV screens?
(via Crave Online)