Official: Preacher TV adaptation on its way

News Michael Noble 7 Feb 2014 - 07:30

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been officially slated to adapt Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s epic comic...

Regular readers will recall that back in November we reported on the rumour that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had been given the nod to produce an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic and brutal western comic Preacher.

Well, it has finally been confirmed. Rogen and Goldberg, who are have a longstanding writing partnership are teaming up with Sam Catlin on the adaptation for Sony and AMC. Catlin, who, as a writer and producer of Breaking Bad has been part of one of AMC's biggest critical successes will serve as showrunner.

Rogen and Goldberg were pleased to finally make their involvement public and, in an official statement, admitted to being ‘psyched’ about the project that they’ve been attempting to launch for seven years.

We’re pretty pleased about it too, and not least because it means that this religious-themed comic may finally find its way on the long dark road out of Development Hell.

As ever, we’ll bring you more news as it emerges. 

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Fingers crossed

AMC: Tick
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Rogen and Goldberg: hmmmmm................. yeah ok Tick
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Catlin: Biiiiiiig Tick
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Keeping all ..... ALL the religious plot and humour: Let's wait and see shall we.

Much as I would love to see this work out, I just don't see it happening. A lapsed preacher with mind control powers? Possible green light as a genre show..... With his ex girlfriend who's into guns? Looking better, so long as it's clear that he's clearly the hero that saves the day..... That's styled as a Western road trip around the US? Hmm, hang on, what's our budget here....And they've also got an Irish vampire with them? Erm, maybe, but does he have to be so drunk and sweary, can't he be a moody teenager....Encountering religious zealots (both organised and hillbilly style), the odd serial killer, a vampire cult, an unkillable death machine and the occassional sexual pervert? OK with the serial killer and the cult, but maybe we should lose the sex and the religious zealotry ..... And they're on a quest to find God and give him a kicking for abandoning his post and leaving a bunch of idiotic angels in charge? Get out of my office ....

EXACT panel for panel copy of the comic or you risk a big fail.
Having said that, walking dead has done very well, and Watchmen changed a few elements and look how wonderful that turned out...but yeah, for the most part, use the comics as your script and story board.

If the show was airing on the CW, you might have a point. But it isn't.

If you put it like that it smells a lot like the once proposed Supernatural western spin off.

This is an AMC show. If they do it, they will stay true to the original. Do you not watch any premium cable shows?

That would be the worst possible move. An adaptation is not a copy. Indeed I hope they drop some elements of the comic entirely - the sex detectives for a start. I am interest din how US audiences will handle a show where God is portrayed as the ultimate bad guy though.

they can just give him a name and imply he is god.

hope they doNt pull their punches on this one

either way this pans out. it will attract heat. comic book fans rage if it goes wrong or maybe critic rage or religious rage.( good luck thou )

Cautiously optimistic (not convinced about Rogen being a good fit, but we'll see). I hope they can stick to the story though, and not make it a *shudder* "re-imagining"....

That sounds totally awesome, I should read the comics!

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