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.