The Exorcist TV Series

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The Exorcist pilot has cast Geena Davis.
  • Breaking Bad‘s composer will work his magic on Preacher.
  • Gary Busey has joined the cast of Sharknado 4, because of course he has.
  • 24: Legacy adds another new cast member.
  • HBO is planning a whole bunch of new shows.
  • Leighton Meester joins the cast of Making History.
  • Houdini & Doyle reveals a new poster.

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2016 SXSW Preview: 10 Things We’re Excited to See

2016 sxsw preview

Year after year, SXSW proves itself to be one of the best film festivals in the world, offering an astonishing variety of programming that appeals to every taste. Emotional arthouse dramas? Yep. An always stellar documentary line-up? You betcha. An insane midnight program that offers a look at bonkers movies from all over the world? Of course. Gigantic premieres and previews for upcoming studio releases and high anticipated TV shows? Take a guess.

So when we decided to limit our 2016 SXSW preview to only ten titles, we knew we were leaving dozens of fascinating movies on the cutting room floor. But that’s the joy of any film festival – you go in with certain expectations, only to stumble over a whole slate of great films you never saw coming. /Film will be in attendance at SXSW, bringing you news and reviews straight from the fest, but here are the screenings we’re looking forward to seeing the most.

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preacher casts jackie earle haley

Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.

Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.

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first preacher footage

This week AMC presented a panel on Preacher for the Television Critics Association. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin were on the panel with cast members to discuss their adaptation of Garth Ennis’s comic. Fans will notice the show diverge from the comics immediately in the pilot, which Ennis himself approved.

“We talked with Garth and Garth very much encouraged us to make a lot of small changes and make it a good show first and foremost,” Goldberg said. “We want fans to get everything they loved of the comic and still get some twists and turns.”  Read More »

first preacher footage

As with any adaptation, AMC’s Preacher has come under close scrutiny from devoted fans of the source material. The first trailer attracted a lot of attention, both from the Preacher faithful and from curious newbies, but as usual there was plenty of grumbling that it just didn’t look close enough to the comic book that inspired it.

One person who doesn’t really seem to mind, though, is Garth Ennis. The writer behind the original comics says he’s “delighted” with the new trailer, and claims the pilot, which he’s already seen, is “excellent.” Read the Garth Ennis Preacher trailer comments after the jump.  Read More »

Preacher trailer

Preacher has been battling to reach the screen in some form since the late ’90s, when Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s controversial, critically praised comic series was still a new kid on the block. Now, years after Kevin Smith and Sam Mendes and Mark Steven Johnson tried and failed to produce big screen and small screen versions, the infamous series is finally arriving as a show on AMC. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin are behind this incarnation. Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun are playing the story’s central heroes. And now, the first trailer for the series is here. Just be careful – people who associate with Preacher tend to get struck by lightning if they ever step near a church again.

Cleanse yourself with some holy water and watch the first Preacher trailer after the jump. Read More »

first preacher footage

Yes, teasers for trailers are the bane of all existence. Yes, nothing is more irritating than watching a commercial for an advertisement. And yes, realizing that the “First Look!” at a project that has many people very excited only amounts to a few seconds is deeply frustrating. So know that the first official look at footage from AMC‘s upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s Preacher is online, but also know that it’s literally about five seconds and that a proper trailer is set to arrive in just a few days.

Let’s face it, though: you’re probably going to watch this anyway. Take a deep breath, ask the deity of your choice for forgiveness, and watch the first Preacher footage after the jump.

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Preacher poster

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin have been shooting the pilot for their TV series adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book series Preacher, and the show hits AMC in May… or, well, sometime in 2016.

Which means that, yes, AMC has seemingly formally ordered Preacher to series. To celebrate that distant arrival, Rogen shared the first Preacher poster, which echoes the art above, and you can see it after the fold below. Read More »

Avengers Heroclix

Want to see the logo for Captain America: Civil War? What’s the latest rumor about Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman? Has Marvel revealed some Easter Eggs in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is Jim Lee releasing an awesome Batman exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con? Will Marvel reinvent itslef again after Secret Wars? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Preacher first look

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are rolling on their adaptation of Preacher, which we’ll likely see on AMC in 2016. Now Rogen has unveiled the first look at the film, via a shadowed image that seems to feature Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as the title character, Jesse Custer, and Ian Colletti (Rake, Jimmy, Baby Mama ) as the troubled young man Arseface. Check it out below. Read More »