AMC has been seeing some great success with The Walking Dead, and even though ratings are dropping for the second season of Fear the Walking Dead, it’s still doing fairly well in the ratings against other AMC shows currently airing. AMC is looking to expand its comic book adaptations this Sunday with the series premiere of the original AMC series Preacher, starring Dominic Cooper and based on the Vertigo comic series created by Garth Ennis.
Ahead of Sunday’s premiere, AMC has released the first 4 minutes of the first episode. Put on your seatbelts, and check it out — I will warn you that it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, and probably not very SFW depending where you work.
The Preacher comic series spans 75 issues in total, and finished its run back in 2000. It followed the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in a small Texas town who becomes possessed by a supernatural creature named Genesis. Fans of the comic might be disappointed to hear that the show will veer away from the comic book, not at the request of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin who are developing the TV series, but by Ennis himself. Rogen elaborated a in an interview with Variety.
“The comic creates a world where anything is possible and anything can happen. It’s very funny, but it’s also f—ed up,” said Rogen.
“Garth was a big advocate of taking a new path, to allow a new audience to discover the show and not strictly adhering to the comics,” added Rogen.
“We were proposing that we do a version extremely similar to the comics and he told us that was stupid,” added Goldberg.
However, Ennis had one condition: that the show stays “somewhat true to the characters.” In the end, Goldberg is certain that fans of the comic won’t be upset by the end of the series.
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