Seth Rogen Says AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Will Deviate From Comic

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Seth Rogen probably isn’t the first name fans thought of when considering who could adapt Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. Nevertheless, Rogen and longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg are behind the latest effort to bring the acclaimed Vertigo title to the screen, this time as an AMC television series.

In an interview with Slash Film, Rogen provided an update on the status of Preacher, including news that the adaptation will take some departures from the source material.

“Me and Evan are writing it right now with the help of Sam Catlin, and we’ve come up with a lot of incredibly crazy ideas,” he said. “It’s a fun thing to riff on and talk about. We’re definitely trying to expand on some of the ideas in the comic and make it that … we love most of the main cornerstones of the comic but we’re trying to make it that even if you’ve read the comic you should not know exactly what to expect from the TV show.”

Rogen’s approach sounds similar to how AMC’s current flagship comic adaptation, The Walking Dead, is handled. While that series takes cues and familiar story beats from the comics, by and large, it’s a very different beast. Perhaps Preacher the show will hew closer to Preacher the comics than the Walking Dead formula, but it’s something to bear in mind.

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  • mcdropkick

    As someone who’s a big fan of Preacher, that’s fine by me. I understand adaptations take liberties here and there, and aren’t going to be 100% faithful. Of course, it all depends what those chances are whether they’re good or bad, but so far I’ve got faith everyone involved will do a good job.

  • alistaircrane

    There are certain things they have to hit on in order for this to work. I am cautiously optimistic. This is my first experience in which a book or comic book I read has been adapted for television, so I am expecting more changes than if this had become a movie series.

  • Lyle Minn

    There is a lot of shit in the comic they couldn’t show on tv thats why I get it

  • LightningBug

    This makes perfect sense. I think the important thing to maintain will be the general character arcs. Stay true to characters, and fans of the comic will be happy even if the story isn’t the same. I really want this to be great. It’s my favorite comic, and I just don’t want to see the characters reinvented for no good reason.

  • Vince Underwood

    I don’t mind changes as long as the characters are done right.

  • http://vkattnyte.blogspot.com vk at nyte

    they need to stick to the books especially book to book..like any epic story theres the beginning,the big push,the break down, the middle,then the climax,then the end.

  • Paul

    So no Herr Starr walking around looking like a limbless penis?

  • LightningBug

    I think primetime is ready for a high profile castration, and making Starr’s head look like a penis would just be the icing on the cake. AMC has already gone there once, albeit subtly. The character of Bert Cooper on Mad Men was accidentally castrated due to medical incompetence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mad_Men_characters#Bert_Cooper), although it is rarely alluded to. AMC, it’s time to take this pressing issue out of the subtext! Put Herr Starr’s c*ck in the b**ches mouth, and not in the good way!

  • Paul

    I lol’d, bravo sir!

  • HerrStarsLostEye

    “Me and Evan are writing it.” Yeah. Nice grammar, Rogen. And YOU’LL be writing the series? Try learning basic grammar first.

  • batlash

    Very guarded about this. I have no faith in Seth Rogen, but willing to wait and see. So long as the show remains true to the spirit and intention of the book, changes are perfectly fine. I just worry that when Rogen says he’s going to change things, he means he’s REALLY going to change things.

  • LightningBug

    Whenever my brain gets fuzzy and worried about Seth Rogan writing this thing, I remind myself of how consistently hilarious Preacher is. Rogan’s on-screen persona is tired, and all but played out in my opinion, but he’s done some good comedic writing. Most recently ‘This is the End’ was pretty fantastic. Hopefully somebody else will be handling the emotional beats though… at the end of the day, this show has to be nothing less than the greatest love story (Jesse+Tulip) and most tragic bromance (Jesse+Cassidy) ever filmed. Actually, Rogan can probably handle the bromance angle. He practically pioneered the genre.

  • andrew11

    Being on AMC, I really don’t see how this could be anything but watered down snooze-fest. Seriously, the material scared off HBO. I’m not pushing for all sorts of “adult” content, but really, how could you make a Preacher without having the retarded descendent of Christ, Herr Starr getting sodomized by a random hooker, the Marquis de Sade orgy, or any of the other outrageous content of the books? Every single issue is chockful of stuff that makes premium networks squirm – much less the “PG-13″ AMC. I’m not against adaptations, but Preacher is a comic that was MADE for comics, and is a perfect fit.

    If you wanna adapt some Ennis, his Punisher MAX run is the opposite – it reads more like an awesome TV show than a comic book.

  • Michael Harwood

    Really? I suppose every time you speak, you use proper grammar?

    Look, when it comes to a professional presentation, an essay, a company document, I’m the first person to be all over someone’s grammar. But this is a casual guy having a conversation.

    Besides, for character dialogue, especially with the characters in Preacher, proper grammar is NOT something you’ll find. Very few people speak that way, especially not the majority of characters in Preacher.

  • steve

    I just hope he writes it sober. His “high” movies are really, really bad, especially when he describes them as ” a fun thing to riff on”. It’s not your source material, so don’t riff on it. Keep it tight to the comics and don’t f- it up.

  • Craig Peters

    Arseface on AMC? We’ll see …

  • Jeff C

    If you’re in the UK you can ask Garth Ennis how he feels about any changes being made. He’ll be at the NICE Comic Convention in Bedford. http://www.nicecon.co.uk

  • Brian

    Agreed there might be some side stories that we liked as fans that might change or plots because it is TV series like they do in Game of Thrones. GoT TV show has a lot of differences from the books but keeps the overall story intact.

  • Arlocke

    I love Preacher like a choir boy loves the bible, but I don’t think I’ll be watching this if it ever comes out. The idea of Seth Rogen “riffing” with one of the greatest comic series ever written leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

  • Doug

    Sorry, but this doesn’t change my opinion of Rogen. He’s not funny nor are his films, and I can’t trust a man like him to be in charge of penning a superb dark comedy like Preacher.

    Also, why is this not an HBO program?

  • kory stephens

    Because HBO deemed it “controversial”. If they can show a prison sow and Game of Thrones, surely they can show Preacher.

    As for Rogan, screw that clown! He and Johnny Depp are not to come within 80ft from the Reid family and their ethnic partners.

  • Alex

    Sorry, but no. If you’re going to take liberties with a story like this, then don’t even bother. I’d prefer that they don’t botch the story by trying to make it into a tv adaptation. Leave it alone.

  • david minor

    One small problem is Walking Dead is ongoing and Preacher is self-contained (like Breaking Bad for example). Overall I don’t mind. Concerned with the FUCK COMMUNISM zippo. You simply cannot censor that — SCREW COMMUNISM or F COMMUNISM just doesn’t work.

  • David Minor

    Wouldn’t that just make it predictable??? For example, I’d have no problem if they were to add new characters. Darryl Dixon is a Walking Dead character that is exclusive to only the TV show — do you have a problem with that? Say they left Arseface out, would you really miss him?

  • David Minor

    They’ve done pretty well removing the nudity and F-bombs from Walking Dead. Just don’t take FUCK out of FUCK COMMUNISM! Fight for that, Seth Rogan! No one actually needs to say the word but DO NOT SCREW WITH THE ZIPPO!

  • David Minor

    If any character gets axed from the show it’s probably him. He doesn’t really serve a purpose other than to be likeable (tho annoying in the beginning).

  • David Minor

    Ya know, my concern with AMC will water it down far too much. But if it were HBO, then I’d be worried they’d water down the story too much with sex. Tulip’s tits are very nice — but the story is even better than those.

  • GTDEBRIS.COM

    I think if anyone can take liberties with a tv-adaptation and still have it be impactful to readers, its AMC. Of course, I wish we could have an HBO “R” rating for a Preacher adaptation, but The Walking Dead takes a lot of story deviations on AMC and I still love it. It also keeps me guessing and I get to experience the cliff hangers in a new way.

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  • Mishyana

    De Sade is probably out. The Allfather being completely grotesque and the descendant of Jesus being a dog-humping throwback are probably also out. Jesse’s creepy family? In. Cassidy turning out to be a rapey douchebag? Probably also in. Saint of Killers? Better damn well be in. God *actually* portrayed as a cowardly narcissist who needs to be done away with? Ehhhh… I really doubt they’ll go there, unfortunately.

  • kickinwing420

    hahahahaha.

  • tangentsam

    I have a feeling they are going to fuck Cassidy up. Espcially if he’s cast as an American.