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Orphanage founder to helm PRIEST

F/X restarting TOKYOPOP's manga-to-film project

By Rob M. Worley     December 17, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter


PRIEST (slideshow)
© TOKYOPOP

Scott Charles Stewart, founder of the visual effects house The Orphanage, is set to direct the big screen adaptation of TOKYOPOP's comic 'Priest', according to a write-up in the Hollywood Reporter.

The book tells a horror/ western tale of a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Cory Goodman ('The Brood') wrote the screenplay. Michael De Luca and Stars Road Entertainment's Josh Donen are producing for Screen Gems. Mitchell Peck will also produce.

The movie project was looking favorable a few years back when Gerard Butler and Steven Strait were set to star under director Andrew Douglas. Presumably the movie will be recast.

Stewart will make his directing debut with the film 'Legion'.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

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aegrant 12/17/2008 10:11:17 AM

I have never seen this anime but will look it up - the premise sounds good

TheXenos 12/17/2008 10:21:52 AM

It's actually a Korean comic. Don't buy that 'manga' title TokyoPop slaps on everything. They'd call their grandmother manga if it made them a buck. The term they use in Korea is.. Manhwa. Had to double check the spelling myself. I have a couple volumes of the series. It goes well into the double digits. Not sure if it's even done in Korea. Still, a movie sounds interesting. It's a western / vampire horror story. Pretty interesting, just fell behind with all the other books I get. I've been hearing talk about getting this thing made in Hollywood for ages.

fft5305 12/17/2008 10:25:33 AM

Oh, for a second there, I had it confused with Preacher.

Moz72 12/18/2008 10:44:38 AM

RE:"The book tells a horror/ western tale of a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece."

WRONG!!!!!!

"PRIEST" is not about 'a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.'

Here is the real synopsis from TOKYOPOP:

'In the frontier of the American west, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection.

One man stands in the way of the apocalypse—Ivan Isaacs—a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil. Armed with a wicked blade and silver bullets, Ivan will give the heretics a baptism of blood in his pilgrimage for humanity’s redemption.'

End of Synopsis.

 

 

Ivan and his love, Gena are slain as a result of Ivan accidentally freeing the fallen angel Temozarela. Ivan offers his soul to the demon Belial for a chance to return to Earth and fight the followers of Temozarela and prevent Temozarela from destroying mankind.

Ivan's first battle upon retrning to Eath is against the demon-in-human form Jarbilong, and his army of zombies.

 

 

 

 

 

Moz72 12/18/2008 10:45:47 AM

RE:"The book tells a horror/ western tale of a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece."

WRONG!!!!!!

"PRIEST" is not about 'a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.'

Here is the real synopsis from TOKYOPOP:

'In the frontier of the American west, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection.

One man stands in the way of the apocalypse—Ivan Isaacs—a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil. Armed with a wicked blade and silver bullets, Ivan will give the heretics a baptism of blood in his pilgrimage for humanity’s redemption.'

End of Synopsis.

 

 

Ivan and his love, Gena are slain as a result of Ivan accidentally freeing the fallen angel Temozarela. Ivan offers his soul to the demon Belial for a chance to return to Earth and fight the followers of Temozarela and prevent Temozarela from destroying mankind.

Ivan's first battle upon retrning to Eath is against the demon-in-human form Jarbilong, and his army of zombies.

 

 

 

 

 

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