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“We were very concerned about our budget on this show, and how good our visual effects would be,” co-director and executive producer Seth Rogen says at the start of the Preacher audio commentary, as he discusses the opening scene set in space. “We said, ‘Let’s not even try to make it look like good visual effects; let’s make it look like visual effects from 1967, so this is what we came up with.” Only days after the series’ excellent pilot aired, Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg‘s commentary for the Preacher pilot–which performed well in the ratings Sunday night–has been made available online.

Learn a few facts from the Preacher audio commentary below

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Preacher - Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer 3

Preacher‘s road to the screen has been a long and rocky one, full of dead ends and false starts over years and years. But Seth RogenEvan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin finally made it happen at AMC, and as of now we’re less than a month away from the show’s premiere.

Based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Steve DillonPreacher follows a preacher who develops some very unusual powers. Together with his ex-girlfriend and a new vampire friend, he sets out on a journey that brings him in contact with all manner of characters from Heaven and Hell. Yup, it’s just as weird and wild as it sounds. AMC has released a whole bunch of new Preacher photos to get you pumped up for the adaptation, and you can see them below.

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Dominic Cooper in Preacher

AMC presented a panel on the upcoming series Preacher at Wondercon. Before the panel, showrunner Sam Catlin and stars Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga spoke with reporters. Catlin said he did not know series creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg before he started working on the project, and had not heard of the Preacher comic book series. Catlin took a meeting with the pair and started explaining the needs of a television series, to which he says they were receptive.

“I would say, ‘You can’t pace it that way for a TV show. We won’t be able to do X, Y and Z then because where would you put your sets?’” Catlin said. “Stuff like that, because they’d never really done TV before. What I like about Preacher [comics] is it has a modular [structure]. You can kind of lift and place stories all over the place sort of like episodes. He goes to Louisiana. There are these chapters to it, which is really liberating. You can tell stories all over the place. As long as you still have that drive of what Jesse wants, who he’s looking for, you can go anywhere you want.”  Read More »

Preacher reviews

One of this year’s most anticipated screenings at the SXSW Film Festival wasn’t for a film at all, but for a show. AMC brought the very first episode of its long-developing Preacher adaptation to the event, much to the anxious anticipation of the source material’s many fans.

Based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve DillonPreacher follows, well, a preacher, who finds himself in possession of a very unusual power. He sets out on a quest to confront God, and along the way joins up with a former flame, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire, Cassyidy (Joseph Gilgun). And by all accounts, the story is even stranger than that description makes it sound.

Show creators Seth RogenEvan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (the latter of whom will also serve as showrunner) have been very upfront about the fact that their series would not be a letter-for-letter, panel-for-panel adaptation of the source material. And Ennis, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to mind one bit. So the real question here is how capably they’ll have captured the spirit of the novel. We’ve rounded up some of the Preacher reviews after the jump.

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Sets Premiere Date

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It’s been a long, long journey to the screen for Preacher. First the Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon comic book series was going to be a film (with James Marsden attached to play the lead at one point), and then it was going to be an HBO series, and then it was going to be a movie again (this time with Sam Mendes and then D.J. Caruso linked to the directing gig), and then, finally, about two years ago, AMC got the ball rolling on a TV adaptation with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on board to write and executive produce.

Now that show is finally just about ready for prime time, as AMC has officially announced the Preacher premiere date. Here’s a hint: it’ll (hopefully) get a big boost from Fear the Walking Dead fans. Get all the details on the Preacher premiere date below.  Read More »

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 »

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 »

AMC Orders ‘Preacher’ Pilot

preacher pilot

An adaptation of the profane, funny and strange Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book series Preacher never got off the ground as a film, but the TV series adaptation is steadily moving forward. Developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End, The Interview), the series now has a pilot order. AMC made the deal for a Preacher pilot, scripted by Rogen and Goldberg.

That means we’ll soon hear casting choices for the characters, likely beginning with Jesse Custer, the preacher of the title who is imbued with the power of Godly persuasion… and wants to confront God as a result. Read More »