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Caruso Confirms PREACHER Deal

D.J. Caruso to bring Preacher comic to life.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 23, 2011
Source: D.J. Caruso's Twitter


Cover art for PREACHER #1 by Glen Fabry from the comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
© DC Comics/Vertigo

The week following his latest release, I Am Number Four, director D.J. Caruso has confirmed to fans that he's officially on board Columbia Pictures' Preacher, the long-awaited adaptation of the Vertigo comic created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Neal Moritz will produce via his Original Films banner and Jason Netter will produce through his Kickstart Productions.

The helmer made the confirmation via his
Twitter page by saying:

"My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f*cking pumped!"

Plot Concept: "Preacher" told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. With immense powers handed to him, the preacher teams with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and sets out on a journey across America to find God -- who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven -- and hold him accountable for his negligence.

 

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mrkrayzeman 2/23/2011 9:43:17 AM

This movie better be a trilogy.  Dont make the same mistake as the Watchmen movie and try to cram a whole lotta stuff in 2 hours.  They are makein a mistake by not makin this an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series...

mrkrayzeman 2/23/2011 9:44:09 AM

This movie better be a trilogy.  Dont make the same mistake as the Watchmen movie and try to cram a whole lotta stuff in 2 hours.  They are makein a mistake by not makin this an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series...

wish 2/23/2011 10:10:32 AM

Agreed, movies may not be the best format to tell this story, so for everyone who likes this character be ready for disapointment!  Losing my interest in DJ Caruso, not really proving to me that he's got a vision of any kind.  The Salton Sea was by far his best work and can be largely attributed to the great actors involved.

lusiphur 2/23/2011 10:26:49 AM

 Maybe a debut movie, then continue the story on TV (AMC, FX, Pay channel ... wherever.).  

Either way, it should be a rockin' time.

Shasta 2/23/2011 10:55:38 AM

I love Preacher. Not sure how I feel about this being a film instead of a series, but maybe some more news down the line will put me at ease. Please dont screw this up.

cyberbilly 2/23/2011 11:08:11 AM

 This has train wreck written all over it.  A. There's no way the whole Preacher saga can be done justice in a two-hour movie.  There's way too much exposition and plot threads to try and cram in and the concepts are too varied and extreme to ask an audience to accept all at once (ex - Angels, demons and God are all real, Jesse is inhabited by this power and gains all these new abilities, Vampires are also real and in this case Irish, the Catholic church is inheriently evil and has been conspiring to control the world forever, etc, etc).  B.  IMO Caruso is the wrong person for the job.  Nothing in his track record leads me to believe he has the ability to actually convey believable characters or marshall a production this large through a minefield so unbelievably large. 

This really should have been handled by HBO or not at all.  I reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised since I loved Preacher when I read it but I have a terrible feeling this will (unfortunately) end up like the other Vertigo titles that were mishandled (ugh) Constantine and (ugh) Jonah Hex.

DarkXid 2/23/2011 3:05:23 PM

Epic Mini Series - 10) 2hour episodes on HBO (showtime or where ever else you can show something as fucked up as preacher).  Maybe break it up into two years.  5 TV Movies a year.  Dare to be different.

Or a trilogy of movies with episodes in between. 

A big event film to kick it off.  A huge middle movie.  Maybe even a Saint of Killers Movie and then end it with a big event tail piece. 

I mean you could skip origins of the saint of killers but c'mon. 

Calibur454 2/23/2011 7:20:17 PM

I agree with so much material it has to be done in a trilogy or a mini series event.

and mrkrazyman while it is true that watchmen was released in a streamed down format Snyder did release a full uncut version of the film that was hours long on dvd. The dvd even explained why the film version was cut short in the extras. :)

But on to preacher- I honestly think a tv show mini sereis is best but i'm willing to do a trilogy if it is done right. I am so stoked that the Dark Tower Series is going to be a movie and tv format and that will be cool to see.

 

redvector 2/24/2011 5:00:53 AM

This project has Jonah Hex written all over it.

Wiseguy 2/25/2011 7:27:00 AM

This was originally headed to HBO, we could've gotten the series most of us want. Too bad SHO or now Starz didn't make a move on it. Hell even FX or AMC could've done it some justice but prime cable would've been best. Now we have to cross our fingers and hope they don't kiddify it while aiming for a pg13 rating

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