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Sam Mendes Adapting "Preacher" Comic Book

Posted: October 30th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Sam Mendes Adapting "Preacher" Comic BookSubmit Comment
Columbia Pictures has picked up the rights to "Preacher," the popular 1990s Vertigo series, for an adaptation to be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition).

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.

Getting a "Preacher" project off the ground has long been a favorite among the comic book literati in town, though none has been blessed to see completion. The project was previously set up as a one-hour series at HBO but was put into turnaround. Mark Steven Howard wrote a pilot which Howard Deutch was attached to direct.

A previous movie version, to have been produced by Kevin Smith's View Askew, among others, got to the casting stage, with James Marsden (X-Men, Superman Returns) attached for the title role and a reported budget of $25 million.

The new "Preacher" has no writers on board, though Mendes will lead the search while putting the finishing touches on his drama "Revolutionary Road."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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Sinestro writes:
on October 30th, 2008 at 2:54:15 AM

How does Warner let f*cking Sony end up with the rights to this? Those f*ckers need to realize they own a comic book company, and that if done right, they can turn it into a massive cash-cow!
bacci40 writes:
on October 30th, 2008 at 6:32:09 AM

again, warners/dc screws the pooch...they dont give a sh*t what happens to their properties, do they? preacher should be a series...it is made for being a series...you cannot get the entire series into a 2 hour film...this sux...i call on the saint of all killers to take out all the suits at sony, columbia and warners...thank you
PrevalentMind writes:
on October 30th, 2008 at 8:44:53 AM

Guys calm DOWN- There is a trustworthy name in the mix here- Sam Mendes is no stranger to comic translations. Road to Perdition is without a doubt a masterpiece (and by that I mean much better than the Dark Knight). So warner, Sony- who cares- no one screws the pooch when Mendes takes the job. If he took the job it means he has a passion for it. So the flick will be awesome guaranteed.
manichispanic writes:
on October 30th, 2008 at 8:49:25 AM

i was really excited when it was supposed to be a series on HBO, i thought it was gonna be done right, but i know they can't cram it into one film. i love the comic, but the idea of a movie of it doesn't really make me happy
myluna writes:
on October 30th, 2008 at 12:32:37 PM

Why is everyone automatically presuming they are going to try and squeeze the whole series into one movie?
zeroheat writes:
on October 31st, 2008 at 8:04:11 AM

It's about time.

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