Evan Goldberg talks about his plans for AMC's Preacher television series
Like most of you, I am very eager to learn more about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Preacher adaptation for AMC. I absolutely love the Garth Ennis series, and I really hope Rogen and Goldberg don't f*ck up one of my favorite comics of all time. Evan Goldberg recently spoke with Collider, and revealed some of his plans for the adaptation.
Many are concerned the planned series will stray too far from the source material, but Goldberg says they are going to try very hard to keep it the same as the comic.
“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 continues by talking about how television is the best fit for a Preacher adaptation.
“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.”
While I agree Preacher will probably work better as a television series, I'm not completely sold on it airing on AMC. Considering the amount of violence and in general, the f*cked up things that happen in the comics, I just think HBO would be a better home for Preacher. However, I still think it could work on AMC, and since Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen are big fans of the comic, they should know what fans expect from a television show based on Preacher. I just hope this actually happens, and won't be another failed attempt at bringing Garth Ennis' amazing comics to life.