The Preacher television show may be the single most exciting television development for Vertigo fans in years. We have gotten rumors of this for years, usually on channels like Showtime or HBO, only to have those premium channels say that the source material was too dark even for them. In walks Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and AMC. After the unanticipated massive success of The Walking Dead, Rogen thought that he and his producing partner could get traction for Preacher. They were right.
Now that pre-production has begun, we have gotten promotional materials and posters, and have even seen some of its filming locations, we are waiting to get any bit of information we can. In a recent interview, Rogen shared that though there would be a lot from the comic book, it would not be a strict interpretation.
“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!”
Now, this can certainly disappoint many in the hardcore fanboy camp, but Preacher is certainly a wordy book and some things would just have to get changed to fit better with a literal format like television. He has confirmed that the one-shot spin-offs and miniseries will also be a part of the series, and all of the characters and major events will be in play.
“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 f***ing weirdos. [Laughs.]”