Evan Goldberg Talks About Preacher


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!


The Preacher Television Show Is A Bad Idea


Yesterday it was officially announced that Preacher was coming to the small screen. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to be the main creative pair behind the show, with Sam Catlin, who was previously involved with Breaking Bad also teaming up with them to help write the pilot episode.

Now I first want to state, that I don’t think this TV show is a bad idea because I am not a fan of Preacher. This is far from the case. I love the source material; some of my most prized possessions are my first edition issues of the comic.  Also, I am a huge fan of Rogen’s and Goldberg’s work and will always check out their latest offerings, and when you have anyone that was involved in one of the greatest television shows ever involved, I will certainly go it a watch.

However, I just don’t think an adaptation of Preacher is going to work. It is one of the most bat-shit insane comics ever written and because of that, trying to get it work for a television show is going to be a problem. Some may argue that because The Walking Dead worked so well, why can’t others? Because at the end of the day, The Walking Dead is quite a simple premise, albeit one that needs a lot of special effects (I am not knocking either the comic or the TV version of The Walking Dead because I am a huge fan of both of these as well), and Preacher encompasses so much more; the scale and scope of the story is just massive.

Famed comic writer, Alan Moore, stated that the reason he works in comics and doesn’t like people adapting his work is because that is the medium that he chose to work in and if he wanted any of his work to be on film, he would of originally done it that way (I am paraphrasing him here with these comments, but I hope you get the general jist). I feel this works with Preacher as well, although creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon have never come out and said that they are completely opposed to their work being adapted. It is because of the way the story is constructed and the characters involved that it all works so well in a comic book.

I am not going to go into all of the plot of the comic here, because that would just take far too long, and if you haven’t already read it I cannot recommend it enough. Seriously, go out and pick it up as soon as you can. It is one of the most ridiculous and amazing things you will ever read; and you will be able to comment on the TV show when it finally comes out and see how much they have changed. I will say though, they are going to have to try and keep some of the big plot details the same, because Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin will take away everything that makes Preacher brilliant if they do. I seriously want to see how they are going to a get a man fucking a giant meat woman onto our screens! There are some quite deep issues that get touched upon in the comic, and people are going to have to go into the show with a very open mind, because straight away it starts off with a preacher (hence the title!) being the host for the offspring of an angel and a demon. If people aren’t willing to accept that, they are going to struggle with the rest of the show!

Maybe my reluctance to get excited for this project is over my nerves as to how it could turn out. Only time will tell if the end product is as good as the original comic and I will be able to look back on this article and laugh over my fears, or maybe they will be proved right and they should have just left Preacher alone.

Seth Rogen Shares First Picture From “Sausage Party”

Earlier this year Seth Rogen announced that he was going to be making a new animated movie, but much like his previous body of work it wasn’t going to be your usual run of the mill kids film. He states that the film is would be like “if ‘Shrek’ was R-rated, a very hard and aggressive R”.

Today he has shared the first picture from the making of movie on Twitter, with James Franco recording some of his dialogue.

The film has a predicted release date for 2015, but it is nice to see that a project like this is actually getting off the ground.

The plot is “about sausages in a supermarket that need to get back to their aisle before the fourth of July”, with co-writer Evan Goldberg adding; “they’re whole goal is to get purchased. And they get lost and they need to get back to they’re aisle before the Fourth of July start”