Seth Rogen is already a bonafide movie star, but with upcoming AMC series “Preacher,” it looks like he’s starting to build a little empire. Along with his longtime creative partner Evan Goldberg, he’s an executive producer on the show, an adaptation of the Garth Ennis‘ cult comic. And where others have failed, Rogen and Goldberg have succeeded in bringing the property to life.
The story follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer, who is possessed by a supernatural creature called Genesis, the result of a coupling between an angel and a demon. The cursed man goes on a quest to find God, which brings characters like his ex-girlfriend Tulip, and her best friend Cassidy (who just happens to be a vampire), along for the ride. Saint Of Killer and the curiously named Arseface mark the darker figures they’ll encounter. Running 66 issues long, not to mention spinoff material, there is a lot of ground to cover, and Rogen admits they made some changes, while noting you might not see everything that was on the comic page.
“…we are changing the specifics of how the narrative is unfolding. A lot of the building blocks we are not changing, a lot of characters we’re keeping, but we want to make a show that if you’re a fan of the comic, you don’t know what to expect. And we have no interest honestly in just doing a literal page-to-page adaptation. It just seems like the most boring creative endeavor one could go on! [Laughs]” he told Crave.
“I mean there’s some things that even Garth will argue, is quick to admit that we probably should not even attempt to put on television,” Rogen added. “There’s some characters, we’re talking about maybe we combine these two into one person. But to us the tangential element is one of our favorite things. The fact that it does go off into these other worlds and explore these other characters, I mean that’s something that we wholeheartedly intend on indulging in because it’s one of the best parts about the comic. Just the massive tapestry of fucking weirdos. [Laughs]”
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths, and Elizabeth Perkins, “Preacher” will arrive in 2016. Check out the first trailer below.