Preacher somewhat loosely adapts Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series for AMC, with Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Rudy from Misfits.
They keep the basic idea the same, but a few obvious changes right off the bat. They skip the religious mythology part of the origin, and open with genesis hurtling to the Earth. I don’t know if they’re going to get into the more fantastical and/or blasphemous elements later (although it already is fairly blasphemous), but the early focus is definitely on character, comedy, and action, with the supernatural stuff on the back burner. Maybe they’re taking a cue from Game of Thrones and introducing that stuff slowly, get people to buy in to the characters and setting first, and then jack up the weird later. Or maybe they’re thinking there’s a cap on how much blasphemy they can fit into a TV show with sponsors. We’ll see.
They also seem to be abandoning the road trip aspect, and are having the principals all, for various reasons, show up in the same town in Texas. So rather than setting off on his quest, and meeting Cassidy and Tulip on the way, Cassidy and Tulip come to where Jesse is. And they have the Quincannon plant in town. Which is probably just for budgetary reasons. But I think the show will more or less work without that. It does potentially lose some stuff… I assume they’ll have to make a few trips elsewhere to fit in a few things happen at some point, and it might start to get absurd with all these various characters dropping by middle-of-nowhere Texas at some point, but
It’s actually pretty promising. The action is fast-paced and very violent. Other than having some trouble understanding him sometimes, Cassidy is excellent. Tulip… it’s weird hearing that kind of southern accent coming from a black person, but otherwise she’s pretty great too. If they have the budget to keep the action scenes as good as they were in the pilot, it will at least be watchable. And if they manage to build up to the dark humor and character moments from the comics, it could be a great show.