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Mendes says PREACHER has a long road ahead

Director expresses excitement while downplaying trade reports

By Rob M. Worley     November 09, 2008
Source: Empire Online

So the internet was all abuzz this week with news that director Sam Mendes ('Road to Perdition') would finally rescue 'Preacher' from development hell, where it has writhed through the slow process of development for film and/or TV for years now. Good news, right?

Not so fast, says Mendes. There's still a long and perilous road ahead before 'Preacher' becomes a movie.

"This is a typical Variety announcement," Mendes told EmpireOnline in a healthy exercise in realistic expectations. "'Mendes to direct Preacher' – I wish! Basically they should have written, 'Mendes in development with Preacher'. What I’m doing is, I’ve gotta find a script. I’ve just got to get it written."

Which isn't to say Mendes isn't excited about pushing the project forward.

"It's brilliant, it's an incredible twisted vision," he said of original graphic novel. "There's so much of it you couldn't possibly fit it all into one movie. It's just about what you keep and what you leave out, and how you structure the story. But just to have that toy set again, being able to paint on a big canvas and to say ‘I am gonna do crazy crane shots and massive action sequences again because I want to,’ it's exciting."

For more of Mendes' comments on 'Preacher' click through to the Empire Online article.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

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savagelee 11/9/2008 10:51:05 AM

 I have felt for years that it is my duty as a somebody who really loved Preacher to say: A cinematic treatment of Preacher would be a really bad idea. As a fan, I am 100% AGAINST FILMING PREACHER.

You want to make a lame comic-book movie? Do Green Lantern. You want to do a Garth Ennis property? Do HITMAN. But leave Preacher alone. It's a wonderful comic, and it doesn't need to be watered down by getting pissed on by the film industry. I just hate that crap where people report that the fans are excited about shit like this. I know lots of Preacher fans, and only the real dumb-ass jock-rock types ever tell me that they want to see Preacher put in front of cameras. 

 

 

Brossy 11/9/2008 3:08:48 PM

I have to agree with the last post by SavageHenryLee. Anyone who's read this book knows that it just won't work as a movie or series of movies. We're not talking about Harry Potter here which we all knew was guaranteed to have a picture for every book. If Preacher is made into a movie: a) we'll be lucky if they stick to what made the book good and b) we'll be even more lucky if it does well enough for them to greenlight sequels so that we get to see the whole story.

I'd much prefere to see it as a show on HBO or Showtime; however, HBO has kind of passed the torch to Shotime in the original series department and it would require too big of a budget for SHO to consider.

I'd really love to see it on the big or small screen; don't get me wrong; I just hope that they'll leave it alone if they can't stay true to it.

AntoBlueberry 11/10/2008 12:20:06 AM

I wonder if Mendes has access to the script that Garth Ennis wrote with Rachel Talalay and nearly made it to the screen, with James Marsden and Samuel L. Jackson and the Saint of Killers. Maybe with some minor tweaks, it could be filmable.

hungrysamurai_home 11/10/2008 6:51:12 AM

Mendes is right:  There's no way it'll all make it into one movie.  The thing is, even if we allow that some comics-to-movie adjustments are inevitable due to the different media and formats, if Mendes makes a movie that actually is in any way a Preacher (rather than Constantine II), there's almost no way they'll be allowed to make a second one.

HBO would've been the way to go, but we'll see.

gimpythewonder 11/10/2008 4:38:24 PM

1st) Preacher is my favorite story, ever, in any medium.  I'd like to boil it down, chop it up, and mix into cookies to sell at street fairs for the unsuspecting, it is that delicious

2nd) I've always been against this in movie format, unless they did it LotR style and filmed like 5 of them all together so they had to release them.

3rd) Put this on showtime, do like 3 seasons and put almost everything in there.  The 'salvation' book would really only need to be like 1 episode and there are other storylines that could be summed up in shorter order as well, while expanding others.

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