The writing of duo of Seth Goldberg has had their ups and downs between scripting Superbad (great!), Pineapple Express (okay…) and Green Hornet (booo) over the years, but now they’re heading to TV for a project no one expected them to be handling, AMC’s Preacher TV series. At SXSW Evan Goldberg talked to Perri Nemiroff about how TV was really the only form that would fit the series, even as everyone else was desperately trying to make it into a movie.
“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.”
He continues about the TV/movie divide:
“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.”
Some comics and graphics novels are obviously better suited for film adaptations, but some are just so reliant on character development, that TV is the only way to go. Not that you can’t build great characters over the course of a two hour film, but the process has much more breathing room on TV, and I agree that for Preacher specifically, it’s the best format.
I’m still not quite sure what to make of Rogen and Goldberg doing this, but they obviously have passion for the source material so that’s a plus. And there’s certainly a streak of dark comedy that runs through the show that could be up their alley. I will look forward to seeing what they come up with.
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