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Mendes to give voice to PREACHER feature

The controversial comic starts another tour of development Hell

By Rob M. Worley     October 30, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter


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

The controversial and long-running DC/Vertigo series 'Preacher' has made a few stabs at the big and small screen. Today's Hollywood Reporter indicates that the property, created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion, is set for another tour of development hell.

This time 'Preacher' is set up as a feature film with Columbia Pictures. Sam Mendes is set to direct the film. No stranger to graphic novels, Mendes previously adapted the DC/Paradox press book 'Road to Perdition' into a beautiful feature film.

Neal Moritz and his Original Films banner are producing with Kickstart Prods.' Jason Netter.

Years ago 'Preacher' had been set up as a film under an independent production house. More recently Benderspink had developed it as an HBO series, which didn't make it to pilot stage. Along the way names like Kevin Smith, Mark Steven Johnson, Robert Rodriguez and many others have been attached.

Filled with dark humor, violence and a critical look at religion, the 'Preacher' comics drew both praise and protest. The story involves Jesse Custer, a Texas minister who becomes possessed by Genesis, the offspring of a coupling of Angel and Demon. Custer walks the highways of America with his girl Tulip and a vampire named Cassidy in search of God.

No writer is attached to write the screenplay.

Ennis and Dillion's currently-running comic 'The Boys' is also in development as a feature film, also with Columbia, Original and Kickstart.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

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savagelee 10/30/2008 7:54:44 AM

 God, I don't know if you're up there, but if you are, could you please stop all these heathens from trying to turn one of the greatest comic series to be published in North America, into a shitty little action movie?

Please god.  I know Ennis and Dillon need the money, and I'm cool with that. I'm just sick to death of seeing great comic series getting pissed on by live action film directors. Just stop it. Stop it right now. It's not cool, it's not funny, it's not original, it's not entertaining. Leave these comics alone!

fft5305 10/30/2008 8:33:52 AM

If HBO turned it down, does anyone really think anyone will be able to make a movie version that studios, the MPAA and the general public will accept? At least, a version that is true to the original idea. Maybe? I haven't read it, so I don't really know the elements of the story, but from what I've read/heard about it, there's a lot of controversial and edgy elements that are fairly essential to the flavor of the character and story. If they get watered down, so does the appeal. Why didn't Showtime go after it when HBO turned it down?

AntoBlueberry 10/30/2008 8:52:44 AM

A shitty little action movie? When was the last time that Sam Mendes directed an action movie? Or a shitty one?

The "Road to Perdition" movie was a lot better than the original graphic novel, so I have every hope he'll do a great job on Preacher too.

isgrimner 10/30/2008 11:42:50 AM

I feel a Preacher movie would be a lot like True Romance with religion and a vampire thrown in.  Two hours is just not enough time to do the story justice.

 

I for one enjoyed Preacher a whole lot more than Watchmen.  Preacher and Transmetropolitan are my favorite comic series.

vichussmith 10/31/2008 7:49:52 AM

I would just hope and pray that Preacher is put into good hands and is not bastardized to the point that it's completely neutered and indistiguishable from the book.

BunyonSnipe 10/31/2008 2:30:53 PM

indistiguishable means 'the same as' as in you cannot distiguish between them, doesn't it?...

That said a Preacher movie just could not cram in all the story of the series, a tv serial would have been better!

Sadly... Not to be!

Although Mendes is a great choice...

BunyonSnipe 10/31/2008 2:31:20 PM

indistiguishable means 'the same as' as in you cannot distiguish between them, doesn't it?...

That said a Preacher movie just could not cram in all the story of the series, a tv serial would have been better!

Sadly... Not to be!

Although Mendes is a great choice...

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