TV News: An Update on AMC's PREACHER from Evan Goldberg

Written by Andrew Pollard Monday, 10 March 2014

TV News

It was confirmed last month that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s PREACHER for an AMC TV series. Talking to Collider, Goldberg has been discussing the current plans for the adaptation.

Goldberg revealed, “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 to 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 to stick to what it is as best we can.”

Explaining why he thinks a TV series is a better fit for the story rather than a feature film, he added, “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 that 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.”

The basic premise of PREACHER is the story of a beaten down Texas preacher who becomes possessed by a supernatural entity, Genesis, which is the coupling of an angel and a demon. Handed immense powers, this preacher teams with an old girlfriend and an alcohol-loving Irish vampire to head across America in the search for God.

All that is known about the AMC adaptation right now is that Sam Catlin will be the series’ showrunner and Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Vivian Cannon, Ken Levin, Ori Marmur, Neal Moritz and Jason Netter will serve as executive producers alongside Catlin.

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