Sam Mendes to bring Preacher to the masses

preacherPreacher fans dodged a bullet when the planned HBO mini-series by Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider, Daredevil) was put into turn-around, but they may not need to wait long to see what will undoubtedly be a better — if shorter — version in all the live-action glory you can handle: The Hollywood Reporter says that American Beauty and Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes has signed on to helm the project for Columbia Pictures.

As HR describes it:

Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher, which ran from 1995–2000, told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.

Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.

No word on if it’ll be a done-in-one or if the film will adapt the first story arc (or combine a couple of story arcs) and try for one very, very fucked up franchise. No writers are attached yet (HR says Mendes will “lead the search” while he spit-polishes Revolutionary Road), so it’s possible this hasn’t even been decided yet.

The film will be produced by Neil Moritz (under his Original Films banner) and Kickstart Productions’ Jason Netter, who are also developing an adaptation of Garth Ennis’s The Boys.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 00:00 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Pedro Steckecilo
    on 2008-10-30 at 08:13

    I’m intruigued, Mendes’ very polished, reserved style might make for an interesting more Spaghetti Western feel of the story.

  2. Written by Gerald
    on 2008-10-30 at 22:48

    If ever there was a movie adapted from a comic book that will DEFINITELY receive an ‘R’ rating, I think this one is it.

    Could be so very cool, glad to see a good director attached.

  3. Written by Tom
    on 2008-10-31 at 18:43

    There is so much ‘HELL YES!’ going through my head from this article right now that it may just explode with joy. I mean Preacher directed Sam Mendes, how could that not impress people. Yes, it’s quite likely that somethings will change in tone but I’m so going to see this in the cinema as soon as it comes out (If it happens) possibly more than once and I’ve only ever done that with the first Lord of The Rings (it’s a long story). My only question is what is he going to do about ‘Arseface’?

    • Written by Gordon McAlpin
      on 2008-11-01 at 09:11

      Arseface would be easy for any good practical make-up effects team. Here’s some early concept work from an effects house that was being considered for an earlier attempt at adapting Preacher (about four years ago):

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