Evan Goldberg Discusses Plans For AMC’s “Preacher” Adaptation

March 10, 2014

Writer Evan Goldberg spoke with Collider about his plans (with collaborator Seth Rogen) to adapt Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s graphic novel PREACHER for AMC. Good news is that they plan to be very faithful to the source material.

After several attempts to adapt the controversial comic series for the big screen, fans were delighted to hear that the adaptation will instead head to television on AMC, which is home to critically acclaimed shows such as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Months ago, it was announced that Goldberg and Rogen would tackle the script while Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) would take on executive producer and showrunner duties.

Goldberg revealed the following: “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.”

Goldberg also mentions that the relationship between Jesse Custer, Tulip and Cassidy is better suited for television and will be the focus of the series. “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.”

Synopsis: “Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

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