Movie News

PREACHER's Got A Greenlight!! Hell Freezes Over!!

Published at: Sept. 6, 2001, 3:57 p.m. CST by staff

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Never thought it would happen, but today I got a press release from Electric Entertainment and Storm Entertainment, the two companies that are producing the film adaptation of the cult comic PREACHER:

Rupert Harvey’s Electric Entertainment today announced Production on the movie version of the hit comic “Preacher”.

Both a moral fable for our time, and a love letter to the values of the old west, the movie tells the tale of a man in search of God - but definitely NOT for religious or spiritual enlightenment. Told in a highly contemporary vernacular and set in west Texas, depicting images and inhabitants of heaven, hell, and the space in between (with an Irish vampire and John Wayne’s ghost thrown in for good measure), the comic book series by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, has long been an international underground phenomenon. The picture goes before the cameras in November with Rachel Talalay (Dice, Touching Evil, Tank Girl) directing from a screenplay by Ennis.

A Co-Production of Electric and H. Michael Heuser’s Storm Entertainment, the picture is currently out to cast through casting director Pam Dixon Mickelson (Mask of Zorro, Vertical Limit). To be produced by Harvey (Bones, Plunkett & Macleane), the picture is one of the first 18 films on the release slate of the new U.S. marketing and distribution company, the Premiere Group. Budgeted at $22m, Worldwide sales are being handled by Storm. Executive Producers are Heuser, Tom Astor (Tank Girl, Gorillaz), and Steve Robbins, Jim Reeve & Martin Auty of UK’s Visionview Ltd.

There's a lot here to be happy about for fans of the comic. For one thing, Garth Ennis himself wrote the script. I read an early draft of his PREACHER script, back when Arse-face was still in it, and it read like an easy NC-17, profane and violent and full of images that would melt the average mainstream mind. I have heard that they've done some work to make it slightly more palatable, but knowing Ennis, that may just be a matter of degrees. This story is built to offend more mild sensitivities, and he managed to do a good job of preserving the tone of his comic in the script I read.

The fact that this is being done with Talalay in place is also pretty good news, TANK GIRL not withstanding. She's been a passionate supporter of this piece for a while now, and when a director is this determined to get something up on screen, and when they have to fight to maintain their vision, you tend to get something made from the heart.

I certainly hope they pull this one off, and I'll be keeping my eye on things as they move forward. I know how many fans the series has, and we'll work to make sure you get all your PREACHER news here first.

"Moriarty" out.





Readers Talkback

comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:11 p.m. CST

    This is the best news i've heard all day

    by Jack Diamond

    I just hope it isn't NC-17. while i know it'd be great, i'm only 16, thus leaving me noticably screwed. but ennis writing?! no bad things can come of this. And it looks like we can be confident a studio won't end up fucking it up! THIS IS WONDERFUL!!! (tank girl notwithstanding)

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Preacher and why I'm Preying even though God's dead.

    by RUMBZ

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Hot damn.

    by YourChubbyHero

    This made MY night... Now if we can just have Affleck as Jesse... Oh cmon, like there's anyone ELSE could do it.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Tank Girls, Kangaroo Rippers, and Gorillaz!

    by Esteben

    For a project that got left for dead by the studios I thought it was a pretty good translation of the original material (Girls with big guns shagging large kangaroos, what more could you ask for). Glad to hear the same director will be leading Preacher. And on a side note thank god for Jamie Hewlitt bringing about GORILLAZ, did anyone else catch that Toonami Music Video special, absolutely brilliant...what MTV should be.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Why this is a bad idea

    by Crippled Bitch

    I can

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Thank got you said Tank Girl not withstanding...

    by SethShandor

    Because man was that AWFUL! (But then I never liked the comic either...) Completely off the subject (mostly) anyone read Daredevil yellow? Good? Worth hunting down?

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Why I'm Praying even though God is dead.

    by RUMBZ

    Try again. Now I Absofuckin'lutly love Preacher but the sensibilitys of the Comic ain't gonna go down too well in the bible belt. But What the fuck. This is the first bit of movie news thats jazzed me in a long time.Good Luck to all concerned. On Casting, Cast me as Arseface coz I'm butt ugly Big Style.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:24 p.m. CST

    This is AWFUL!!!

    by ZetaMP3

    I can't believe such an inexperienced and shitty director is taking the reigns of such a complex project. I was speechless reading this article. I'll have to speak again later once I have gathered my thoughts. But I will say this: Ben Affleck, give me a break. Can't any of you come up with anything not pulled from Wizard.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:43 p.m. CST

    FAUST!

    by DarthSnoogans

    As movie-like as the whole Preacher series played out, it might be best to leave it alone. One movie wouldn't do it justice (unless it's broken up into a series, and then it wouldn't be guaranteed that the whole thing would get made). Yeah, it's fun to bash Affleck, but you have to admit he's a spitting image of Jesse Custer. The only debate is if he's got the talent to pull such a great character off. I think he does. And Tim Roth IS Cassidy.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 4:53 p.m. CST

    FINALLY!

    by Xphile69

    Best comic to come out in a long, long time. It changed comics forever, and I'm sure the movie will change a lot too. Push the limit!

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:02 p.m. CST

    hellyeah!!

    by Spawnboy

    I love this!! I hope they cast some kewl actors...I can't think of anyone..nor would I want to offend anyone with my silly ass choices :D I'm still hoping for a Hitman movie (I love Preacher...but Hitman rules even more..for me that is)

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Arseface! Arseface! Arseface!

    by Basic Alias

    That's all. Just wanted to write that.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:21 p.m. CST

    YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I can feel the quickening!!!!!

    by sundown

    DAMN this is AWESOME. I personally liked Tank Girl and if you compare it to films like Charlies Angels and Tomb Raider it kicks arse! Now I know they have to go cheap but I hope they get a good cast. My only pick that has to be is Carlyle from trainspotting as Cassady. Everyone else is gravy but Guy Pearce would make a hell of a Preacher...

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Oh dear, my head just blew up

    by ItsOver

    If this "press release" doesn't show up everywhere by tomorrow I hope I can crazy glue the pieces of my skull back together. This just can't be happening.......

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:43 p.m. CST

    oh joy of joy

    by JonQuixote

    The director of Tank Girl AND a budget the size of Jeepers Creepers's to bring an epic western that spans from Texas to France to Heaven while delivering all sorts of weirdness interspersed with brutal violence and a tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of Christian mythology. Yay.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 5:43 p.m. CST

    good luck garth...

    by max sterling

    even with garth ennis writing the script i have trouble seeing a movie doing the comic justice. this isn't your everyday comic book adaption but i'm not gonna kid myself, if it comes out it's worth my $8.50.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Affleck? Hell, no!

    by John Maddening

    Glenn Fabry used Johnny Depp as the starting point for his Jesse Custer paintings. I'm excited!

  • Every time I hear about this movie I continue to be shocked and amazed that my girlfriend and I seem to be the only people in the world that have figured out the one actor PERFECT for the role of Jesse Custer. Forget Depp. Forget Affleck. Forget Bruce C. Jesse Custer will be played by... JAMES MARSTERS! You go watch "The Gift", the scene on the stairs where he's opening his heart to Buffy, listen carefully as he says "...until the end of the world". Up until that moment I'd never thought of him either, but the likeness is incredible! That face - pure Dillon! And we all know the dude can act. LET'S START A FRICKIN' CAMPAIGN OR SOMETHING!!!

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:31 p.m. CST

    depp or affleck...

    by max sterling

    depp and affleck look the part but they're just pretty boys. i don't think they can pull off the jesse custer tough as leather, gritty kind of cowboy. too bad bruce willis doesn't look the part cuz he's played it before. maybe hugh jackman might work but he's busy being wolverine.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:33 p.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by TheZed

    And John Malkovich as Herr Starr.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Once can only pray

    by derikb

    That this film isn't going to suck. It's allready bad enough they're not only watering down Ennis script, making it on a measly budget, but most of all it's going to be directed by one of the most mediocre filmmakers working in Hollywood today-Rachael Taladay; the director of tank girl,ghost in the machine and a host of bad TV shows. Look if you can't afford an A list director to do Preacher, why not a good B one like Robert Harmond or Ringo Lam? Both have proven themselves in making solid action movies that contained dark storylines. I don

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Herr Starr

    by JonQuixote

    should be played by Ed Harris. Nuff Said.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Not like anyone is going to read this, but....

    by Jungle-face-jake

    ...anyone see Office Space? Custer should be RON LIVINGSTON. that is all

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Sure, it's got a lot, but will it have...

    by FusionAddict

    ...Santa Claus dropping the F-bomb?

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Preacher is...

    by Johnny Bartlet

    Matthew McCoughnahey. I'm sure I spelled that wrong. In Contact, he played a preacher complete with the appropriately shaped mullet. He's got the accent, the attitude, and may be willing to apologize for the Wedding Planner.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 7:24 p.m. CST

    The UnGod says...

    by The UnGod

    Hell yes! My dream cast: Reverend Jesse Custer- Depp Cassidy - Ewan McGregor or (though older) Kenneth Branagh Tulip - Claire Danes Herr Starr - Patrick Stewart! and The Saint of Killers- Lance Henriksen

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Hey, I'm passionate about music...

    by Toby O Notoby

    ...unfortunatly I can't play worth shit. It also helps if you have talent. Now, I'm not saying the lady doens't, but so far I haven't seen it. Casting: the thing that everyone has to remember is Jesse is, at heart, a good ol' boy. Anyone see The Gift? There's a great scene in there when Giovanni Ribbsi asks the boy what's wrong and the kid says "he just said my Mom's going to hell". What happens next has to be the most Southern thing I've ever seen captured on film. GR calmly and cooly says "Well he did, did he?" and, taking his own sweet time, gets a crowbar out of the back of his truck before going completely batshit and whaling the holy living hell out of Keanu's truck. I'm not saying GR should play Preacher, but I am saying you need someone who can capture the essense of the charecter: a Southern Gentlemen who is going to beat he living shit out of you should you happen to piss him off.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson WANTS to be St. of Killers

    by B.Fett

    I know Sam Jackson wants to be the St. of Killers. He has my copy of #59 to complete his series of Preacher. Friend of a friend and such. Should he be the St.? He's got the intensity and can sling the steel. Discuss

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Bug on Preacher

    by Ambush Bug

    Woo hoo! I haven't played this game in a while. It's.....Bug's Preacher Dreamcast!!! Colin Farrell from Schumacher's TIgerland and that American Outlaws flick should play Jesse Custer. He's an up and coming actor who has intensity and southern charm. A new face that won't carry a lot of baggage into the film. Chloe Svigny as Tulip. She's rough and tough. Has beauty, but also looks like she's been rode hard and put away wet. Just like Jesse likes 'em. One hell of an actress. Tim Roth was born to play Cassidy. He can pull off villain and sympathetic roles with ease. Perfect for the Scottish vampire that everyone hates to love and loves to hate. Kudos to the person who suggested Ed Harris as Herr Starr. JAson Isaacs (the evil General from Gibson's The Patriot) would be cooler than stuff too. He was the highlight in that movie and would bring the same cold evilness to the role. Clint Eastwood as the Saint of Killers. The Man with No Name returns as an angel with an itchy trigger finger. Marlon Brando as the All Father. As for Jesse's brothers, I say Peter Stormare looks exactly like Jody, Jesse's emormous stone faced killer brother. As for T.C. the chicken fucking imbicile, Clint Howard!!! Rounding out the bunch is Adrienne Barbeau (who is still pretty hot after all of these years) as Jesse's Grandma. Of course she would have to wear some heavy old age make up. SUre there are no big names, but Preacher was a comic on the edge. WHy not cast it with talented actors on the fringe of Hollywood instead of going for the latest boy and girl toy in this months issue of Teen Beat. Save some bucks for some good effects. I want to see some noses being blow off in a hail of bullets please. Break the rules. Piss on all of the PC shit. Don't water this film down for Hollywood. THe series petered out in the end, but it started out with all hooves a runnin'! I want to see this film offend, titilate, and piss off a whole lotta people. That would make this bug really, really happy.

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 9:52 p.m. CST

    SAINT OF ALL KILLERS SHOULD BE...

    by Pumpkin Escobar

    Kris Kristofferson! Come on 'netfreaks...look at the miles on that man's face. He is the living embodiment of the Saint. As for a certain irish bloodsucker you gotta think who can this modest budget afford to attract...and my casting contract would go to Robert Carslyle. Anyone see Ravenous or Trainspotting...plus he would have the accent down pat. I know I will get the Kevin Smith treatment here but Anne Heche would make a great Tulip because "that bitch crazy!" Like Tulip. Let her unleash all that pathos on the big screen. As for Jesse, that is a tough one. I know Glen Fabry painted a few Johnny Deppish covers for Ennis but I think Billy Cruddup may do justice to Custer...but being a native Texan myself Matthew McCaughnehy(however you spell it) could gibe him some street cred and get the part L-I-V-I-N...haha As for Herr Starr, a bald Lance Hendrikson might not be too bad, but Samuel L Jackson could be soo' too. So there you have it...my two cents, have at me. Pumpkin Escobar, outty 5k

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I can

    by sweetlow99

    I know the game is probably getting a little tired at this point, but I have to chime in, cause I

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Please...No...

    by Eddie X

    Preacher is one of my top five all time favorite and I would argue all time best comic books. Comic book movies are often great at turning all time best type things into all time shit. I'm sure that this will be okay though, seeing as how they're taking a book that can't possibly be rated by any system in America, giving it a measly budget, and putting the genius that drove Tank Girl to Hell at the wheel. It just hurts that first they plan on anally raping Hellboy with the Van Diesel and now watering down Preacher from a rich, creamy Guiness to a pissy, weak High Life. I can't wait for the Sandman Saturday morning cartoon on Kids WB! Or maybe the Hellblazer Babies! Leave comics alone. Let the industry's art flourish in the form it was meant to be. Comics have a hard enough time being respected in American art culture without problems like Judge Dredd the Movie. But if you must make Preacher, Udo Kier is the best Herr Starr.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 12:21 a.m. CST

    The bottom line

    by loki965

    As an actor in Texas, and a comic book lover, to whom do I sell my soul to get in this picture?

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd as Jesse Custer

    by Monkey_King

    Great actor who hasn't gotten his due as much as Affleck. He'd be great.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 2:49 a.m. CST

    It's buggerin' time!

    by rizla

    Let's just hope Hollywood DOESN'T fuck Preacher in the ass, folks. But the sex detectives have gotta be in the movie. And will people shut up about Patrick Stewart! Just cause he's bald, doesn't make him right for this part. Fuck, with just a pair of scissors and a razor, we could have, let's see, AN ACTOR WITH BALLS to play Starr. Can't really see Stewart muttering the immortal line, "My cock is in the bitches mouth ... and not in a good way". Can you?

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 3:26 a.m. CST

    That space-fuckwit Patrick Stewart will NOT play me

    by HerrStarr

    First of all, for the record I have a complete erection upon learning of the greenlight. Secondly, I have already handpicked the actor who will portray me, and it is Geoffrey Rush. So now you pathetic pieces of shit can stop spewing forth "idea" like Patrick Fucking Stewart or Ed Fucking Harris. Maybe if you get your slimy heads out of your colons you'd realize that anyone can shave their head for a part. Next you'll be hopping around crying "humperdido". Shit.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Rachel Talalay CRUCIFIED Tank Girl - why is it a good thing to h

    by Larry_Talbot

    And if you're reading this Ms Talalay, please just pull out of Preacher. You will only ruin it's potential. I would've liked to see a franchise of Tank Girl true to the strip but you botched it so badly that the Tank Girl I'd hoped to see will probably never make it to the screen. I love Preacher and would hate to see the same thing happen. Dreading it.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 4:43 a.m. CST

    The new hip-hop Colonel Sanders should play Jesse

    by ItsOver

    If we're talking about Southern gentlemen and all.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 5:02 a.m. CST

    my dream cast for Preacher

    by azrael79

    Thomas Jane or Hugh Jackman as Jesse, Chloe Sevigny(sp?) as Tulip, Robert Carlyle as Cassidy, Patrick Stewart as Starr and Clint Eastwood as the Saint(yes, predictable but he's the king of the ol' west for a reason)

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 5:35 a.m. CST

    I'm always bad at these casting games

    by ItsOver

    I have a habit of picking people who are dead. "Werner Klemperr as Herr Starr"... anyway I kind of like Ted Raimi as Cassidy, I dunno why even though Roth seems obvious. As for Tulip I'm digging Cameron Diaz or maybe Annabeth Gish. Danny Trejo would make one scary fucking Saint of Killers. I think someone mentioned this before and they're right on. I can't see anyone better as Starr than Walken. Still can't nail down an actor for Jesse.... Wallace Shawn? I dunno, you got me.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST

    sweetlow99 you are a genius

    by DannyOcean01

    Thank God they have finally greenlit what could become the cultiest film since Evil Dead (sorry I don't do cult films). Thank God someone else has the sense to pick an actor for Jesse Custer who happens to not just vagely resemble him (Colin Farrell?, Ben Affleck? Please.)but actually be the spitting bloody image of the drawn image. I just wish I lived in America and could have posted earlier. For the Saint I'll go for the obvious, Clint Eastwood, and the strange Max Von Sydow. For Starr I'll go with De Niro. For Tulip it has to be Patricia Arquette on looks but Ashley Judd on southern cred. Finally, for Cassidey, it may seem strange but I would love to see Gary Oldman as the Irish vamp. Remember he's an ancient alchoholic chainsmoker. Think Oldman in Sid and Nancy or Leon. Actually that reminds me, the part Oldman played in Hannibal had disfigurements that reminded so much of Arseface. Perfect, just keep the mould and there is no extra expense. He can play both roles.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Hudson Leick/Callisto as Tulip

    by fusheng

    What about Hudson Leick(Callisto) as Tulip? She's blond, beautiful and deadly. James Masters will make perfect Cassidy. Mike Myers after the wonderful job as Fat Bastard can play Herr Starr. Billy Bob Thornton as one of Jesse's brothers. Saint of Killer=Eastwood.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Rachel Talaly sucks

    by Blok Narpin

    I hate to be one of those typically negative "Jay and SIlent Bob Strike Back/Movie Poop SHoot" style posters BUT Rachel Talaly is SOOOO bad. She was not only the director of TANK GIRL, but also GHOST IN THE MACHINE and FREDDY'S DEAD: The Final Nightmare (The absolute worst of the Freddy movies). I love the Preacher comics, and I'm sure Ennis wrote a strong script, but can Rachel Talaly of all people pull this off. I'm rooting for her cause I want the Preacher movie to be great but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have my doubts.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I've read the Preacher Comic Books, and let me tell yah...

    by Lobanhaki

    ...They have to tone down the violence somewhat. On the page, it's more palatable. You do that on screen and you'll have audience members stumbling out into the halls and ruining the carpet there with their puke. Besides, It can remain somewhat violent in the sense of Goodfellas level violence, it just can't be that anatomically correct shit they have, (at least not all the time).

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I dont know about this

    by MAGNUM1976

    I love Preacher, have all the individual issues as well as all the reades so I can re-read them over and over. But do you guys thik this will translate to film well? I know it seems like it could, but realistically, can they make this without it being NC-17? And what arc would they be doing, hopefully just the first arc explaining the characters and such, I hope they dont try to cram the series into one movie. Not to mention the backlash that will come out against this movie, anyone remember Dogma? This is about 1000% more objectionable then that movie was. As for casting, I have to admit, I never thought of it before but I am really liking the Colin Farrell as Custer. He would be great. As for Cassidy though, its got to be Robert Carlyle from trainspostting and ravenous. He played a drunk in trainspotting and someone who was literally blood thirsty in ravenous, he is perfect. I knwo it s a stretch, but how about Walken as Herr Star? Not exactly what the coic portrayed him as, but lets be honest, if thats the biggest liberty they take with this, we will be lucky. Also, loving the Lance Henrickson as Saint of killers, perfect.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I'm not seeing this story anywhere else

    by ItsOver

    If this was a press release and not a leak, why is AICN the only site that has this story? Has anyone else seen this printed anywhere? Mort, how well do you know the person you got this from? I think we might be crotch high in ARSEFACE HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS WIFE territory.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 8 a.m. CST

    ACH YER BOLLOCKS!!!!

    by Wolvie6

    ...as ol Cassidy would say..."How the hell are yeh!! It does me heart proud ta know we'll be seein me mates and me on the big screen soon kickin ass,raisin 'ell and o' course me drinkin like a daft fook! What a time we'll be 'avein eh? hehheh ..and if yeh don't think this will be the fookin shit, well then, YER MUMS A HOOR!!!!" .. I can't "fookin" wait for this. I don't care what any negative shits have to say about this either. If they do it right (and whos to say they won't) this will be as great as Pulp f'n Fiction!!! Get Tarintino to direct I tell ya!!! BOLLOCKS!!!!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 8:14 a.m. CST

    they should hire Ambushbug as casting director

    by Spawnboy

    I totally agree with him on his casting calls!! Jason Isaacs looks exactly like starr!!! n Clint Eastwood as the saint would RULE ALL!!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 9:02 a.m. CST

    why don't people like Tank Girl?

    by WillardEisenbaum

    I think the consensus is that Lori Petty acted too goofy or something? But I thought that movie stayed very close to the spirit of the comix. Lori Petty acted like I would have imagined the character acting -- spirited, loud and silly. Cool bad guy (Malcolm McD), cool creatures (the Rippers), cool pyrotechnix, cool music, high production values, and two HOT CHIXX -- why o why don't people like Tank Girl!? I think it's particularly cool how they used a lot of comic art in the segues in that movie. you see flashes of printing dots, and cool art with dialogue and stuff. Tank Girl lives, and the movie is not dated, it is just fine thank you.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 9:23 a.m. CST

    The perfect actor to play the Allfather

    by eraser_x

    would be Gweneth Paltrow and her fatsuit from Shallow Hal.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 9:29 a.m. CST

    And the perfect actor to play the Blood of the Lamb is

    by eraser_x

    ... Jake Lloyd. After all, Jake already learned to exclaim "Yippee!!" in the Phantom Menace. Therefore, learning to exclaim "Humperdido!" should be a snap!! ;-)

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 9:57 a.m. CST

    ..and I HAVE to say this...

    by Wolvie6

    NO FOOKIN BRUCE FOOKIN CAMPBELL IN PREACHER!!! NO!! NO!!! A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!!! BOLLOCKS!!!!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Saint of Killers HAS to be...

    by Wolvie6

    Lance Henriksen - NUFF SAID!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 10:12 a.m. CST

    My Casting of Preacher...

    by BongSabre

    Jesse: Wes Bentley. I would've preferred Brandon Lee, but he's joined the choir invisible. Tulip: Alison Eastwood. Her dad's a bad motherfucker. Fits the character. Proinsias: Tim Roth. He's a great comic actor with a twinge of evil streak that he can't suppress. A natural. Saint of Killers: Muse Watson. He's got the same cold-blooded look as the Saint and can pull off the grit easily. It was either him or Clint. Grandma: Anne Bancroft. I saw Great Expectations after reading the 'until the end of the world' TPB... She is "Gran'ma". Jody: Clancy Brown. I dunno, he seems made for the part. TC: Carrottop. His existence is poking objects regardless of their purpose... Jesse's Mom: Famke Jannsen. She's too cool for school Jesse's Dad: Wes... add some wrinkles. Allfather D'Aronique: Marlon Brando... 'nuff said. Herr Starr: Duh... Patrick Stewart. He needs to play a bastard, for once. John Wayne: No one is worthy... Si: Wayne Knight. Hello, Newman. Det. Bridges: Tom Cruise... I just want him to come outta the closet. He must be limp-wristed to dump Nicole. Det. Tool: Delroy Lindo... I dunno, it just hit me that he hasn't played a clumsy putz yet. That's it, I can't think of anyone significant enough to have a decent casting... I think that would make a killer Preacher.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 10:12 a.m. CST

    It's Good That Rachel Taladay Is Being Given A Chance To Prove H

    by The Founder

    People remember that in Hollywood White Males are the directors with power and clout. I'm not saying that she's a good director, but she may be if given the chance to prove herself. She's a woman for god's sake, so studios ain't exactly given her great projects. Yeah she directed Tank Girl and some other poor tv shows, and some Ally Mcbeal episodes, but you guys must know she's not truly in charge. All the projects she's done was more than likly overseen by someone else, and Ally Mcbeal is one of Fox's best, do you guys believe that she can demand script changes or take it in a different direction other than what Fox and David Kelly has in mind. Rachel Taladay has the title of director, but you can best believe that she is the equivelent of a fast food manager, who's job is to run the direction, and not change it.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Hey Bongsabre,great choice for Cassidy!

    by Wolvie6

    Tim Roth...FOOK YEAH!!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 4:01 p.m. CST

    cough*cough*gasp*choke*

    by Huneybee

    Too..much *cough* testosterone *wheeze*...can't breathe...*gasp* in here *THUD*

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Al-f***in'-right!

    by PLAZZ

    This is some good news! The fact that the director attached is a little inexperienced is o.k. Sometimes the inexperience leads to fresh ideas and a willingness to try new things. As for the script, well, that can be a good thing and a bad thing. Anyone remember Frank Miller's scripts for Robocop2 and 3? Whoo, boy. Still my hopes are high. As for casting, Affleck would be pretty good. Lance Henriksen is the only choice for the Saint of Killers! Come on, it was practically drawn to look like him!

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Lance Henriksen as the Saint

    by Johnny Smith

    That crazy mofo already played The Saint of Killers (alongside Johnny Depp, btw) in Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN.

  • Sept. 7, 2001, 7:04 p.m. CST

    My Choices

    by Johnny Smith

    Jesse should obviously be played by Crow T. Robot, with Tulip being played by the wonderful Robert Downey, Jr. Cassidy, I heard, is being played by Allison Hannigan (she'll be called "Cassandra" in the film"). Herr Starr will be played by Walter Koenig. God should once again be played by Alanis Morisette, and if there is any decency in the world, Halle Berry will play two roles: Arseface and the Saint of Killers.

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 12:32 a.m. CST

    *THE SAINT OF KILLERS*

    by raizok

    That role can ONLY and ONNNNNNLY be meant for Danny Trejo. The rapist guy from Con Air, and the bartender in From Dusk Till Dawn. Doubt? Check out the picture. http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Theater/7332/

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Bloody hell...

    by Omnislash

    ...I can't believe they're actually gonna make this. Hopefully the film will only cover the first story arc, otherwise it'll be too convoluted... As for the casting, Affleck would make a pretty cool Jesse if you keep him perpetually pissed off... otherwise his pretty-boy rep would overshadow the role. Ben Stiller, while a comedy actor, does kinda remind me of Jesse, especially in 'Mystery Men' when he starts getting pissed off. Courtney Love has always been the only person I could imagine playing Tulip... And Johnny Depp in 'Fear and Loathing' mode would make a good Cassidy. Hell, Depp can act the hell outta most people... hand him a pair of shades and spike his hair up, and he IS Cassidy... The Saint should be played by someone very tall and menacing... with the right kinda voice, because the Saint's voice is essential. Only other role I can think of is William Sadler as Sherrif Hugo Root... he plays the Sherrif in 'Roswell', which, although being a P.O.S. series, you've gotta consider his role in, say, 'Die Harder'.

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Do this right and you'll make a damn CLASSIC...

    by Judge Mental

    Matthew McConoughey as Jesse ... Cameron Diaz or Angelina Jolie as Tulip ...Tim Roth as Cassidy ...Gary Oldman as Herr Starr ...Clint Eastwood as the St. of Killers ...and goodsport prettyboy Leonardo DiCaprio as You-Know-Who. "That fella's got a face like an arse!"

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST

    who can replace Talalay?

    by JetJaguar

    Aside from the obvious choices - Scorcese (anybody who made both Last Temptation of Christ and Taxi Driver is, um, perfect for this I believe) Frank Darabont (I really think he could handle the epic scale and complex nature of the material), and, in a longshot, I think Jim Jarmush, if he suddenly developed a cocaine habit, could make a great Preacher film - his ability to observe bizarre characters and atmosphere's would do the source material well, but his slow pace wouldn't be appropriate - hence the cocaine addiction. Jag out

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Arseface

    by Templeton Peck

    I don't know what the issue is with Arseface now, certainly the makeup isn't going to be a trouble after Hannibal, Mason Verger looks like a goddamn prototype model. And for the casting Bruce Campbell should play every role; even the lady roles...only joking. However consider Glenn Quinn for Cassidy aka Doyle from Angel

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 6:25 p.m. CST

    re: women directors....

    by shabbas goy

    too bad the only thing that men are good at making is asses of themselves. Trust in the comic; jesus! I'll smack you over the head with my complete collection in my girly little hands.

  • Sept. 8, 2001, 9:26 p.m. CST

    i think cassidy is the most fun charecter to read since wolverin

    by domingoo montoya

    i loove casssidy and if therre is going to be a flick CASSIDY WILL BE THE KEY ROLE

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 4:37 p.m. CST

    rufus sewell?

    by chiefsheepy

    So I'm reading Preacher immediately after watching Dark City, and it hits me - Rufus Sewell would make an awesome Jesse Custer. Just thought I'd throw that idea out there, despite the fact nobody will read it. Sheepy awaaaay!

  • March 24, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    by leekonai

    I like comics in all forms and nature. My choices for the Preacher movie would be Bruce Campbell from the Evil Dead movies. Ewan Mcgregor as Cassidy. Drew Barrymore as the lovely Tulip and the St. I have a few possibly Tommy Lee Jones cuz he does look the part, the whole weathered look. Possibly Gary Oldman cuz he versatile and is very very evil. Also Ian Mckellan he was extremely evil in a Nazi movie I saw once. Or whatever.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Heres The Dream Cast as Foretold To Me By God

    by Captnmerica13

    Jesse....It doesn't matter, Mardsons got it..lets just be glad its not affleck. Tulip...Patricia Arquette...lest no one forget "True Romance" chick is bustiful and good with a gun..and smokin...*thats a lame pun* Cassidy.....Tim Roth v. Ewan Macgregor....you decide im stuck. Arseface....should definetly be a sex symbol just so people who arent in the know will flock to see the new movie "jared leto" is in and then see him drooling out of a hole in his face. Herr Starr....Gary Oldman is my dream choice though I've heard Malkovich and Hopkins name get thrown around and I wouldnt be unhappy with any of them. Alan Rickman wouldnt be bad either. But imagine....Patrick Stewart. Allfather D'Aronique....Please...if there is a god, get marlon brando. John Wayne.....Come with me now and hear me out. Val Kilmer. Let me tell you why. Remember "True Romance" once again? The man plays elvis. And hes perfect blurry in the background. Thats the perfect device to use for John Wayne. The man could do it and hey he needs the work, did anyone see "The Dalton Sea"? Jody-Woody Harrelson. No discussion. I mean Christ when he kills Jesse's dog hes smoking a blunt. T.C.--How about Rob Schneider? I don't know or maybe Brad pitt, lets not forget 12 monkeys. He can be crazy. Or even Matthew McConaghey. Who knows. Saint Of Killer......is clint eastwood...we all see and know that right? Give clint a juicy, badass, western role again. I've had enough of clint doing the murder she wrote elderly crime solving thing. God......maybe Ian Mckellan..I dont know or whoever it is should have James Earl Jones do the voice. Jesse's Father....It sounds like a stretch but Charlie Sheen could do it in a sec. In his sleep. He knows the vietnam thing, hes age appropriate. And come on, he need the work. Hoover...Orlando Jones. Give him something to sink his teeth into. And lets not make it a Chris Rock movie. Though Rock could have an interesting take if he actually acted instead of just being Chris Rock in wacky situations. Featherstone...Calista Flockheart. Give me one reason to like her. Jesse's Grandma...Maggie Smith. Just ditch the brit thing and redneck her up. The Child......Yo, maybe Leonardo Dicaprio could play the child, please reference "Whats Eating Gilbert Grape" for backup material. Thats my cast. It rocks. I hope. -ahab-

  • July 11, 2003, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Casting

    by underbelly

    I think James Marsden will make a decent Custer. People should be less fixated on the appearance of an actor in determining the casting of Custer. Sure Affleck looks like him, and I actually like Affleck, but there's no way in hell he would make a good Jesse Custer. And to those who doubt that Patrick Stewart's got the balls to play Starr, I recommend you watch the movie Safehouse. I'd also point out that Stewart's already got a twisted enough sense of humor, as anyone who's read Transmetropolitan knows. Stewart has long been interested in producing Transmet in some form or another, which, along with X-Men, gives him more than enough comicbook credibility. Clint Eastwood is the Saint of Killers. Unoriginal, but still a good choice. Tim Roth would make a great Cassidy. Frankly, I can't think of anyone that would make a good Tulip. The casting on that will be crucial, 'cause if they don't get anyone who can nail down that complicated character, the movie will be screwed. And Ambush Bug oughta be ashamed for saying that Jody is Jesse's brother. They actually aren't really related in any way other than socially. I think if Cris Cooper put on some muscle, he would make a good Jody.