Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg On How They Will Adapt PREACHER


preacherLate last week Seth Rogen offered up a brief update on the Preacher TV series he is working on for AMC with his longtime partner Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin (which you can read here). That update came about thanks to the fact that Rogen is out making the press rounds for his new movie, Neighbors. Now that the movie is about to be released, and the press rounds are starting to wind down, Rogen is opening up a little more about his adaptation of Garth Ennis‘ controversial classic. Goldberg also got into the action as well in a recent interview with Collider.

Speaking with Collider for the aforementioned Neighbors media blitz, Rogen gave a slightly more thorough update than his statement last week. The funnyman confirmed that they are just in the writing phase of things right now and he and Goldberg are looking to sign on to direct the pilot if it gets picked up by the network. Part of the writing phase is not only nailing down the pilot, but working out the overall structure of the series as a whole. As Rogen previously said, he sees no point in doing a literal interpretation of the comics:

[AMC wants the script] probably sooner than they’ll get it (laughs). We really have to shape the whole series to some degree before you start writing the pilot, and we really want to change some of the ideas, not just to change them, but to expand on them and emphasize some and deemphasize others, and to shape some things that aren’t that well shaped, and to answer some questions that aren’t answered and also, I honestly want to make it so that if you have read the comics that you don’t know what to expect.
It’s pointless just to make a literal interpretation of the comics, if you want that experience you can go read the comics, so we’ve had to do a lot more work than I expected before we could actually start writing the pilot, honestly. We kind of have to shape the whole series in a weird way and think like, ‘Oh, what season would this character come in? When would you fist introduce his guy? Where does this go? Why is this guy here’ So that’s kind of what we’re doing now is shaping almost the whole series.

preacherIn a separate interview with Collider, Evan Goldberg elaborated on Rogen‘s comments about the writing and planning stage of things by sharing that right now the team is just working on breaking down the story and figuring out how to best service the three main characters:

We have not had “look” conversations with them yet.  Garth Ennis and Neal Moritz are involved and Sam Catlin, who did Breaking Bad, is doing it with us, and AMC and all of us are just talking about the three main characters right now.  We’re not talking about the visuals whatsoever.  We all agree it’s a story about three characters, and we need to crack that for television, and we’ve been meeting with Sam to try and get that done.  But there have been no visual conversations yet, but I imagine it will lean heavily on the fact that it is a Southern American, Texas-based story for the large potion of it.  And when you chat with Garth, it’s clear that cowboy movies were a massive influence, so I feel like we’ll probably derive some of our look from that.  But we also want to be as original as possible.  We definitely haven’t gotten into the visual part of the conversation yet.

Rogen and Goldberg are devoting a lot of time to the show, as you could imagine, but they are incredibly busy guys. They have several other movies in various stages of production, so they may not be involved with the day-to-day stuff for Preacher as they would like. That’s where Sam Catlin comes in. Rogen and Goldberg are big fans, and Goldberg says they want to be involved as they can since they love the series so much:

We won’t be there 100% of the time I imagine, but you never know because we are obsessed with this project, and Seth and I—much of what we are is because of Preacher.  It came out as we were ascending in our writing abilities, so Garth Ennis is a massive influence on us, so essentially we’re getting to make the thing from the guy who made us who we are in our opinion.  So I wouldn’t be surprised if we get caught up and don’t want to leave ever, but our initial plan is to make sure it’s an “us” thing and it has our influence and we direct a bunch of them, but I don’t know if we’ll be there all day, every day.  We’ll see.

There is a lot more from both men about the show, and you can read it all by clicking the appropriate hyperlinks above. There have been many, many attempts at getting Preacher on the big or small screen over the years, but it seems like this attempt is moving along a lot more smoothly than the others. What do you think about Rogen and Goldberg‘s comments? Are you ready to see Jesse Custer in live-action?

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Source : Collider