According to EW, AMC’s new show Preacher premiere is “an ultra violent, shockingly witty, heightened reality tale of supernatural mayhem in a West Texas town“, but it’s very different from the comic book it is based on…
Executive producer Seth Rogen (yes that Seth Rogen) was at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California to air the season premiere to journalists and to talk about the show. “I don’t know that you could translate it directly [from the comic]. Everybody involved felt we should not — including [comic creator Garth Ennis].”
“We’re fans of the comic,” Rogen continued. “We love the comic. We’re going to make a show we like, so we hope that that translates to people that love the comic as well. But our first and foremost goal is to make a great, entertaining, fun television show that if you never heard of the comic book, you love. We want the show to be fun for regular people without sick sensibilities.”
The official synopsis is:
Based on the twisted and popular ‘90s comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher,” created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God. The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (“This Is the End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). The series is set to premiere mid-2016.
Preacher stars Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Elizabeth Perkins, Ruth Negga, Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson as Betsy and Donny Schenck.