Evan Goldberg Talks About AMC’s PREACHER And How Faithful It May Be To The Source
Different writers and directors have been trying to adapt Garth Ennis highly-acclaimed and controversial series Preacher into a TV show or movie for well over a decade. It has come very close to actually happening a few times, but it continuously fell apart for one reason or another. That’s why fans were cautiously optimistic to hear that AMC had won the rights after a heated bidding war and would be working on a series with Evan Goldberg, his writing partner Seth Rogen, and Breaking Bad scribe Sam Catlin. Things are moving along on the project by all account, but we haven’t heard anything in a month or two. Today Goldberg gave an update on the project and talked about how faithful they want to keep it to the source material.
While speaking with Collider earlier today at SXSW, Goldberg said that meetings with AMC and creator Garth Ennis were going well and they’re going to stick as close as they can to the source with a few minor changes as to how the timeline unfolds with regards to doling out information. That is if Catlin doesn’t think Goldberg and Rogen are just completely wrong:
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.
The last few years has seen Preacher attempts focused on the world of television instead of just doing a movie. Goldberg went on to explain why he thinks the small screen is the only real way you can tell the story of Jesse Custer:
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.
AMC are fully committed to the series and have ordered a pilot, so it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see Preacher in the near future. Goldberg and Rogen are both big fans of the series, so that’s a big plus in their column. They did some fantastic work on This Is The End, so it will be interesting to see what they bring from that movie to this show. We’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold, but the project is definitely moving along very nicely. What do you think about Goldberg‘s comments?
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