Evan Goldberg Talks AMC PREACHER TV Series, THE INTERVIEW, and CONSOLE WARS | Collider
While speaking with Collider’s SXSW correspondent Perri Nemiroff at the film festival in Austin, Goldberg discussed the TV adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic Preacher, for which he says they’ll be making some structural changes but will keep the essence of the comic intact:
“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.”
Studios have been trying to get a feature film adaptation of the dark property off the ground for years, but Goldberg says a TV iteration is the best way to tell that story:
“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.”
Man, Walking Dead is in a pickle. Great direction with all the characters divided and boundaries and motivations being developed. In the past 2 episodes they have spent a LOT of time fleshing out some characters that we all kinda didn't even know by name. The episode last week, that a lot of people, myself included, felt unecessary, paid off nicely tonight. Nice to see the Mayor from Sons of Anarchy and really curious/worried about Beth. We are going to see some dark times for Darryl I think. That's a shame really but it will be good for the story. I only hope that they don't rush things. Only three episodes left but I really don't want to see a big 'Lost' style music swells type of reunion...yet. I think these folks need to suffer and grow some more. This may not be ALWAYS satisfying, but if they keep developing things long term I think it will all pay off big time. Good episode and it made me actually care even more about Beth, Bob and Tyrese's sister(sorry...still needs some work before I know her name).
Agree and the story is starting to set up nicely along some lines from the book. Darryl is back with a "Meryl" stand in and the "Mayor" is an old school bad guy. This should be interesting ...
Another very good episode where once again I didn't notice the lack of most of the cast until it was over. Geez, we haven't seen Tyrese and Carol since their one episode. This whole small group thing is really working out well and I think the show is better when the characters are on the move. I worry about a hokey 'Daryl falling back into being a henchman for a jagoff' plotline. Hopefully he will realize what he has gotten himself involved with and make them disappear one by one.
Now Maggie has the second-best weapon.
I've seen the first Walking Dead and the last Walking Dead.
Aside from a mostly different cast, nothing has changed.
Are we all sure that Bob's wound was entirely already there? I'm expecting him to turn at any moment. Also, heading to a place called "Terminus" is a great idea, guys, because that word totally isn't a synonym for "the end".
Yeah there are some real plot twists from the books that are bound to show up in the TV series.
My oldest was saying that the whole mortuary was bizarre and really seemed like a set up. Good food, made up dead bodies in the basement, the proverbial horde at the door missing the can line??? Something isn't right and it looked like a lure to me more then anything. And why would someone want to kidnap people in this new world?
[TV] AMC Won't ***** Up "Preacher", Says Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg -
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSE get this right.I have no idea what the hell happened to AMC’s “The Walking Dead” adaptation, but what I do know is that I love the comic book. The stories from behind-the-scenes of the troubled “Walking Dead” scare me when talking about AMC’s next adaptation, Garth Ennis’ “Preacher.” While the zombie series is a massive hit, I personally think it doesn’t live up to the standards of AMC’s other great series, and I hope they don’t ***** up “Preacher.”
Either they’re playing nice, still in the honeymoon phase, or AMC has learned from past mistakes, but Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg tell AICN that they will have no issues with adapting “Preacher,” except for some minor nudity issues (clearly).
When AICN’s Quint declared his biggest fear was that the weirdness isn’t going to make it through the system, Goldberg quickly stopped him: “Wrong. The weirdness is in.”
He continued speaking to their so-far awesome relationship with AMC.
“We went into AMC last week with [creator] Garth Ennis and I’ve never felt like a studio or network was more on the same page with us. We pitched them and they said, ‘Perfect! That’s exactly what we wanted to hear. No notes.’ ”
“Last week was the first meeting we had with me, Evan and Garth Ennis and (‘Breaking Bad’s') Sam Catlin, who is our showrunner, and AMC,” Rogan added. “I obviously was a little nervous. It seems like the language is going to be the most restrictive thing, but that I’m not worried about.
“That, the religious stuff, they’re totally cool with,” he adds, speaking to the shocking plot of a preacher hunting God down to make him pay for abandoning his creation. “The violence, they’re totally cool with. The nudity is hard, but we can find ways around that. Overall, it was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had, honestly.” Goldberg added: “It was the best meeting we’ve ever had.”