Preacher is one of the comic-book inspired TV shows that is coming up very soon and Collider has been speaking to actor/director Seth Rogan about directing the pilot episode and what we can expect from the series in general.
Rogan says that they aren’t just making it up as they go along, but are working developing that whole series plot, changing enough to surprise the fans but keeping true enough the DC Vertigo title that fans will still identify and love the character. Go on, admit it, that last sentence scared you, didn’t it?
“We’re still in the writing phase,” says Rogan, “and we’re signing on to direct the pilot if it gets picked up to get made.
“We really have to shape the whole series to some degree before you start writing the pilot, and we really want to change some of the ideas, not just to change them, but to expand on them and emphasize some and de-emphasize others, and to shape some things that aren’t that well shaped, and to answer some questions that aren’t answered and also, I honestly want to make it so that if you have read the comics that you don’t know what to expect.
“It’s pointless just to make a literal interpretation of the comics, if you want that experience you can go read the comics, so we’ve had to do a lot more work than I expected before we could actually start writing the pilot, honestly. We kind of have to shape the whole series in a weird way and think like, ‘Oh, what season would this character come in? When would you first introduce his guy? Where does this go? Why is this guy here’ So that’s kind of what we’re doing now is shaping almost the whole series.
“Visually I wouldn’t say there’s anything on TV that we’re really looking to. There’s some things I think production value wise, like Game of Thrones and stuff like that is so – I mean, it looks like a movie and that is definitely an aesthetic to strive for. Obviously finances have something to do with that, but if you’re smart about it you can achieve that with not a lot of money. “
So, what do you think? Can they maintain the heart and black soul of the comics? Let us know in the usual ways…