ROGEN Loves 'Massive Tapesty Of F'ing Weirdos' In PREACHER

Panel from "Preacher" by Steve Dillon
Credit: Steve Dillon (DC/Vertigo)
Credit: AMC

Seth Rogen is best known for being in front of the camera, but he's setting up now behind the camera as executive producer of AMC's Preacher adaptation. Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Rogen says that while he's a devoted Ennis fan he isn't above changing some of the elements to make it fresh.

"...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," Rogen told CraveOnline. "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!"

The first season of Preacher is currently being written in Los Angeles, with plans to begin filming in February.

"It’s coming along great! The writers are in Los Angeles in a big room, writing away, trying to plan the series," said the actor/producer. "We’re trying to plan the whole season before we start shooting and writing it."

When asked if Preacher would incorporate both the main series and associated spin-offs, Rogen confirmed that and said he's read "almost" every comic book by Ennis.

"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 admitted. "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 f-ing weirdos."

Rogen expects Preacher to debut in the second half of 2016.
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