The Journey to Adaptation:
‘Preacher’ is the new TV show coming to AMC in May. It is adapted from the controversial comic book series of the same name, created by Garth Ennis (notable for working on The Punisher comic series) and Steve Dillon. It revolves around Jesse Custer, a Preacher in the small town of Annville, Texas who is granted the power of The Word of God when a being known as Genesis, the spawn of an Angel and a Demon, binds with his soul. He sets out on a quest with an Irish vampire named Cassidy and his ex-girlfriend Tulip, to find God. It is being brought to the small screen by producers Seth Rogen and Evan Coldberg, and will be show-run by Sam Catlin (producer and writer for Breaking Bad). The show will be very different from the comic series. Much of the gratuitous, hyper-stylized violence and sexual situations are being toned down or changed for the show but Producer Sam Catlin explains:
“But the world of it, the comedy of it, the action of it, the characters of it all should feel like ‘Preacher’ … for ‘Preacher’ fans, if they haven’t seen something, just give us time, we’re going to get to all the great setpieces and characters.”
Rogen and Goldberg have been fighting for 10 years to get the show adapted to the screen. Rogen said,
“We read the comic book from when it first came out, and as soon as we had any power in Hollywood, we tried to make it,”
The comic has taken various forms in its attempt to be adapted, movies and television series mostly. It was in the hands of Sam Mendes and DJ Caruso, amongst others before finally being adapted by Rogen and Goldberg.
Early Reactions and Promotion:
The pilot of the series was screened at SXSW with a positive reaction from fans and the screening at the Television Critic’s Association were positive as well.
The series’s first teaser trailer was released on November 1st during a premiere episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ along with a behind the scenes featurette. Check it out.
There was also a teaser poster released.
Series Cast and Personnel:
Dominic Cooper plays the series protgonist, Jesse Custer. A small town Preacher bestowed with the power of The Word of God. Anything he tells you to do, you have to do it.
Ruth Negga (Known for her role in ‘Agents of Shield’) plays Tulip O’Hare. She’s Jesse’s ex-girlfriend with a dark past who can kick some serious ass.
Joseph Gilgun portrays Cassidy. He’s a rugged hard-drinking, partying Vampire. Deadline describes him as “the most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence.”
On March 25th, Producer Seth Rogen tweeted a picture of character Arseface, portrayed by Ian Colletti. Arseface is the sweet son of an abusive sheriff who is severely scarred after attempting suicide with a shotgun.
Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson are also joining the show playing Betsy and Donnie Schenck, a husband and wife checked in on by Jesse Custer after Betsy appears to be suffering from beatings from her husband.
Jackie Early Haley plays Odin Quincannon, THR describes him as “a small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family run cattle slaughterhouse business.”
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) plays his wife Vyla Quincannon known as ” “a genteel but formidable businesswoman who owns the local slaughterhouse in Annville. Ambitious, strong-willed and terrifying, Vyla shares a past with Jesse’s father which gives her a singular hold over Jesse.”
Tom Brooke (Game of Thrones) plays Fiore, one of the angels assigned to keeping and then catching Genesis after it escaped.
Lucy Griffiths will play a character exclusive to the television series. The character is described by The Hollywood Reporter, as Emily Woodrow who is a “a no-nonsense single mother of three. Emily’s a waitress, the church organist, a bookkeeper and Jesse’s loyal right hand. Stoic and strong, wise beyond her years, she can’t help but have a little thing for Preacher Jesse.”
Producer and Showrunner Sam Catlin isnt the only Breaking Bad alum to work on the series. The series will be scored by Dave Porter, who also did the music for Breaking Bad.
‘Preacher’ premieres on AMC May 22nd after the mid-season finale of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’
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The Hollywood Reporter: