Last month, AMC made the surprise announcement that they are developing the Garth Ennis comic book series Preacher for a small screen adaptation, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The story centers on Reverend Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who goes on a journey to track down God, after he has abandoned his post in Heaven. While doing press at the SXSW for his new movie The Interview, Evan Goldberg revealed that they plan to stay as true to the comic book as possible.
"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."
The property has long been eyed as a feature adaptation, with a number of directors attached over the years such as Sam Mendes, Darren Aronofsky and, most recently, D.J. Caruso. When asked why it should be adapted as a TV show instead of a singular movie, Evan Goldberg revealed that the story is too big to be contained in a feature film.
"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."
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are writing the pilot script and serving as executive producers, alongside showrunner Sam Catlin, Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, Ori Marmur, Ken F. Levin and Jason Netter.