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Seth Rogen talks adapting Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon's Preacher comic for TV

10.08.2015
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It's been obvious for a while now that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin's Preacher series for AMC won't be a completely faithful adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comics, and Rogen explained some of the changes they've made during an interview with CraveOnline. Rogen says they aren't going with a "one issue equals one episode" formula for the series, and that they want to surprise the people who have read the comics.

We are changing the specifics of how the narrative is unfolding. A lot of the building blocks we are not changing, a lot of characters we’re keeping, but we want to make a show that if you’re a fan of the comic, you don’t know what to expect. And we have no interest honestly in just doing a literal page-to-page adaptation. It just seems like the most boring creative endeavor one could go on! [Laughs.]...I mean there’s some things that even Garth will argue, is quick to admit that we probably should not even attempt to put on television. There’s some characters, we’re talking about maybe we combine these two into one person. But to us the tangential element is one of our favorite things. The fact that it does go off into these other worlds and explore these other characters, I mean that’s something that we wholeheartedly intend on indulging in because it’s one of the best parts about the comic. Just the massive tapestry of fucking weirdos. [Laughs.]

I get what Rogen is saying, however fans of the comic (including yours truly) have been waiting years for a live-action Preacher adaptation, and I think straying too far from the source material could turn them off. While I have absolutely no problem with Ruth Negga playing Tulip O'Hare instead of a white actress, I'm not going to be happy if the series ends up being Preacher in name only. But I'm still optimistic about the project, and Rogen is also Preacher fan, so he wouldn't do that to us...right?

Preacher is expected to premiere sometime in 2016.

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Source: CraveOnline

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4:02PM on 10/08/2015
It doesn't have to follow the comics exactly. It just has to be as fucked up as the comics. I want to see the same type of religious protests that happened when Dogma came out. If they can manage that, then I will be happy.
It doesn't have to follow the comics exactly. It just has to be as fucked up as the comics. I want to see the same type of religious protests that happened when Dogma came out. If they can manage that, then I will be happy.
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11:57AM on 10/08/2015
I'm so afraid for this if only because of how far off The Walking Dead ended up as it turned me right off that show. Preacher is more known or iconic then the Walking Dead comic so hopefully it sticks to the story more closely.
I'm so afraid for this if only because of how far off The Walking Dead ended up as it turned me right off that show. Preacher is more known or iconic then the Walking Dead comic so hopefully it sticks to the story more closely.
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10:15AM on 10/08/2015

Makes Sense...

Just like Game of Thrones & Walking Dead, they want to create a show that appeals to existing fans and people who have never heard of it. Walking Dead would've been a boring show if I knew exactly what was going to happen in each episode
Just like Game of Thrones & Walking Dead, they want to create a show that appeals to existing fans and people who have never heard of it. Walking Dead would've been a boring show if I knew exactly what was going to happen in each episode
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9:28AM on 10/08/2015

cautiously optimistic...

I think I'm just more excited that its happening, more so than the direction its going and the talent involved for now... As I read through the series, I felt like with some careful editing and clever storytelling it could lend itself very well to a tv series or movie franchise. Will absolutely give it a chance and hope that its great, but as a fan of the books I don't really want to be "surprised" by the story so much, as I want an awesome, faithful adaptation. Some surprises here and there
I think I'm just more excited that its happening, more so than the direction its going and the talent involved for now... As I read through the series, I felt like with some careful editing and clever storytelling it could lend itself very well to a tv series or movie franchise. Will absolutely give it a chance and hope that its great, but as a fan of the books I don't really want to be "surprised" by the story so much, as I want an awesome, faithful adaptation. Some surprises here and there are cool, but stick to the source material!
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