Recently, I expressed my unhappiness about the upcoming Preacher television show from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in an article here and it seems that Goldberg has been trying to calm some of these fears, not mine personally, but I think the general worry that some of the fans may have about the upcoming show, in a recent interview at SXSW.
“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.”
It is nice to see that they are trying to stick to the source material as much as they, because that will be the first thing the fans grab on to when the want to criticise the show. I can already hear the fanboys chants of “IT WASN’T LIKE THAT IN THE COMIC!”
“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.”
Golberg seems to think that their format is going to be the best way forward for the comic, and I have to agree with him that a TV show is much better than a film for the adaptation.
I will just have to see how it goes and reserve judgement until the finished product is out!