When “Preacher” arrives on AMC, the series won’t follow its comic book source material to the letter — even though that was the original plan. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin recalled their original plans for the show and why they had to switch directions.
“We came in with a bunch of boards with the characters and we pretty much said, ‘We’re going to do the comic,'” Goldberg recalled. “We actually pitched, ‘It’s going to be like ‘Sin City,’ frame-for-frame, almost. We’re going to be really true to the comic.'”
“And we totally just threw that out the window,” Rogen added.
“Narratively, it starts at 110 miles an hour,” Catlin explained. “I don’t know how you tell that story in the narrative television form. So, [we] came up with the idea that we would see Jesse as a preacher — because he’s only very briefly a preacher in the comic, and then he’s just kind of a bad-ass guy in a preacher collar. We thought there would be an opportunity to see someone try to do their job, be sort of the spiritual sheriff for the town. There’s so many big set pieces and crazy, over-the-wall violence, comedy, stuff like that. We wanted to ground it in something familiar, so that it didn’t feel like a bad acid trip.”
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s acclaimed comic, “Preacher” stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip, Gilgun as his vampire friend Cassidy, Colletti as Arseface and Lucy Griffiths as Emily, a character created for the TV show.
Developed for television by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin, “Preacher” premieres Sunday, May 22, on AMC.
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