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.