Appearing at the SXSW film festival in Austin this weekend, writer/filmmaker Evan Goldberg spoke about his involvement in the proposed AMC TV series adaptation of the famed comic series "Preacher".
He tells Collider that the plan is to deliver as loyal an adaptation as possible:
"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 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."
While many have tried to do a "Preacher" movie and failed, Goldberg says a TV version is what's required:
"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."
Goldberg and his collaborator Seth Rogen are presently editing their black comedy "The Interview" and are also attached to a narrative film version of Blake Harris' upcoming book "Console Wars". They won't get started on that though until "Preacher" is considerably further along.