Among the more anticipated series currently perched for release in the next year, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s adaptation of Vertigo’s beloved Preacher comics would rank towards the very top. Of course, like Bryan Fuller‘s planned adaptation of American Gods, it’s one of those double-edged swords, as the source material is so sacred to those who have fallen in with the material that they will be highly critical of anyone who doesn’t exactly coalesce with their wholly subjective view of what something like a Preacher TV series should look and sound like. Anticipation and expectations are thoroughly piqued at this point, and AMC is putting a confident foot forward by premiering our first glimpse at what Rogen and Goldberg have done during a 90-minute-long episode of The Walking Dead on the November 1st episode, according to Screen Crush.
It’s likely that the tone, if not exactly the narrative structure and visual style, of Preacher will be in line with Robert Kirkman‘s colossal series, though one should expect a far more darkly humorous streak in Preacher. I, for one, am all pins and needles to see what Rogen and Goldberg have cooked up from the broth of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s series. So far, the duo have proven to be better writers than directors, lots of personality and solid jokes in the material but little in terms of visual style beyond some usage of slow-motion and off-kilter angles. Still, they are clearly fans of the property and their dedication to doing the work justice might bring out a more ambitious sense of style to their latest work.
Here’s AMC’s official synopsis for Preacher:
Preacher is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.