With Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's classic comic series Preacher heading to AMC very soon, fans of the series are waiting eagerly to see exactly how this bizarre story will be adapted for screens. Thankfully, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at the helm, and Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin acting as showrunner, the pilot episode has so far been met with rave reviews from critics.
So what exactly can we expect from this supernatural and action filled series, and will it be true to the comics, or a watered down version of them? Collider recently sat down with Catlin to ask him all that and more. Take a look at what he had to say:
1. What was the most challenging part of adapting a comic series with a dedicated fan base?
"In terms of the story, where to start was the most challenging part. But the spirit of it is what we really hope is in the show, from the beginning, that crazy Garth Ennis world. We changed some things narratively from where we begin, but hopefully the world is recognizable as Preacher."
2. How did he handle choosing what to keep from the comic series and what to change for the adaption:
"I’d never adapted anything before, I didn’t know what the rules were. I didn’t know you could change things. So when I first started reading the comic, Seth and Evan brought it to me, and I was like, “I don’t know how you make that a TV show. That’s not a TV show, that’s an amazing comic book.” But once I started to figure out, “Okay, if the characters are here…” How do we make – Because if we were to shoot the comic book of Preacher, it would be like $400 or 500 million, we would be unproducible. So how do we make a show that is a TV show but pushes all of those boundaries in a similar way that doesn’t feel like “Preacher Lite,” or “Preacher TV.” So, yeah. Once we figured out a way to bring the characters together and started to realize how we could parcel out the story, once we figured out where we could start.
I think that first idea came when – You know, he’s sort of a preacher in name only in the comic book. You never see him as a preacher — very little — but he’s immediately disillusioned and on his way out. And I think once we sort of figured out, well no, maybe we can still have this gonzo world and have all these crazy things happening and he’s still trying to be a preacher, still kind of trying to do preacher shit. And help people, but not in a boring navel-gazing way, but sort of a spiritual sheriff to this town and once we came up with this idea of this really sin-soaked town that needs redemption, that needs a good preacher, it felt like that was a good place to start with it."
3. Were there any issues with AMC over any of the content in the series?
"No, there’s a sequence that’s under discussion towards the very end that is very – that’s the only time there’s ever been anything that’s like, “Is there a way to maybe…?” But they’ve been great."
4. How far exactly does Season 1 of 'Preacher' stretch into the timeline of the comic series (which consists of 75 issues in total, including specials and a 4-Issue mini series):
"Well, I won’t say exactly, but in terms of Jesse’s journey, we look at where he’s at, in one way that Season 1 is a prequel a little bit, which doesn’t mean that characters or situations or people obviously don’t appear until the end of the season. We push some stuff later and we bring some stuff earlier."
5. And of course, does he and the team have the series mapped out for a certain number of seasons, or not?
"No, we don’t. What’s so exciting about it too is you sort of know how it starts — well, now we know how it starts, because we started — and you sort of have a sense of how it’s going to end, but there are so many chapters in between that are these vignettes or chapters, different stories, they’re sort of seasons unto themselves. They feel like worlds unto themselves, whether it’s the Bayou or San Francisco or New York or any of these places we want to go or invent ourselves or transpose together. And also the way he plays with time, there’s ways of going back in time, so it’s a little different than Breaking Bad where he gets diagnosed with cancer, and you can flashback all you want but it’s a real line from A to B. There’s no time for dallying, and Preacher has all sorts of great opportunities for fucking around and going down the wrong road and stuff like that."
To see more of the interview with Collider have a look over here, and tune into AMC to catch 'Preacher' on Sunday, May 22 on AMC.
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