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HBO Pondering PREACHER Series??

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Crawling cursed carnivales!! This from “Bomb 2.0,” an untested source:

I don't know good this information is, but I was at a comic convention in Dublin recently where Glenn Fabry was signing. I asked about the Preacher movie and he said that it wouldn't go ahead, that nobody wanted to do it. He then told me that days previous he had gotten a call from somebody from HBO looking for Garth Ennis' phone number. A few hours later he got a call from Garth saying that the producers from The Sopranos want to turn Preacher into a HBO TV series. There was no word on Garth's response to this. If you use this, call me BOMB 2.0.

For those unfamiliar, Preacher is a DC/Vertigo comic book series about a clergyman who becomes possessed by an angel-demon creature with God-like powers. Read the Wikipedia entry here.









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  • May 21, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    First???

    by Russman

    Now that would be cool.. heard about that series. I thought Benifer had that?

  • May 21, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    On the ________ day of Christmas

    by BeeDub

    My true love gave to me... beer.

  • May 21, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    *cough* Carnivale *cough*

    by NZGUY

    Need I say more?

  • May 21, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    by DonkeyBalls

    It always mystified me that comic books were not more of a television enterprise. They are episodic, they require high suspension of disbelief, they seem tailor-made for television if done right. It also is the only way to encompass their entire mythology. As long as you have a comic which has a broader appeal and deeper storyline than, say, Aquaman (such as this, Sin City, or even Batman), you can attract a big enough audience to justify a big budget. We see on sci-fi tv shows very servicable effects, and a good comic show wouldn't need many of those to be effective so long as the general art design was engaging. I applaud this effort, and hope we see more comics on TV.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    More Carnivale would be a sounder investment

    by WeirdEd

    It's already got the fanbase built in. It's not something that would be unproven like Preacher (which is one of those things that probably won't translate well to TV medium anyway).

  • May 21, 2006, 4:09 p.m. CST

    For those unfamiliar, Preacher is the BEST COMIC EVER.

    by Mr. Anderson

    Seriously, I've read Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns and Sandman, but to me none of those can hold a candle to Preacher. If this goes someplace, then this is awesome news indeed.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    COOL!

    by Pogue__Mahone

    I agree with DonkeyBalls ( a sentence that sounds very funny when read aloud!)... There is an obvious market for genre shows as can be seen with their rise in popularity in the recent years. My own 2 cents on the subject is merely this. Pick GOOD comics to adapt. Typical tights and capes stuff may not go over too well... but something like Preacher that straddles the real workd and the fantastic - or even Ennis' Hitman... or more of the quasi-reality based books. Adapt THEM with good actors and diretctors, staying as true to the source material as possible and then we'll see some pretty damn cool shows!

  • May 21, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I think that Chris McQuarry should direct...

    by beastie

    ...at least a few episodes. I am a huge Preacher fan and this is great news.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

    by Johnny Smith

    As of 27 August, HBO no longer gets my money. First they screw over Carnivale, now they're fucking over Deadwood. To come back with a series about a character who, while created before Carnivale hit the air, bares striking similarities to characters like Brother Justin Crowe and Ben Hawkins -- not to mention Lodz (Cassidy) and Sofie (Tulip) -- boggles the mind and really fucking angers me. SHAKE SOME FUCKING DUST, HBO...and get the hell off my TV.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Fingers crossed...

    by J_Itkowitz

    ... but preparing to be disappointed. Look, if this is going to appear anywhere in a (relatively) undiluted form, HBO's it. The extreme violence, the action, the language - you can expect all of that to make it to the small screen in a recognizable form - I just wonder about the real meat of the book, which has a priest on a roadtrip hunting down God to make him answer for why things are so bad down here, and why he left Heaven long ago. Given all the fuss about The Da Vinci Code lately, I hope HBO doesn't try to tone that down. Having said that, I hope the showrunners streamline a few things: skip the New York arc - nothing meaningful comes out of that except that Jesse's officially dead, far as the authorities know. Go right from Texas to Angelville, and then onto the Grail storyline. And if you're not gonna cast Clancy Brown as the Saint of Killers, might I suggest M.C. Gainey? See his character/look in Con Air for reference.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    NICE!!!!!!!

    by Macstone

    HBO would be the perfect place for it. I hope they stick to the storyline.

  • May 21, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Bollix to that

    by Kizeesh

    They'll butcher it and remove all the amusing parts. Can you honestly see HBO putting Jesus de Sade onto a tv show? or Arseface? or guys with their faces cut off then nailled back on upside down? I'll bnot hold my breath

  • May 21, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Any comic that features Bill Hicks

    by gavdiggity

    is all right with me.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    You're. Fucking. Kidding.

    by blackwood

    HBO forever, baby.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Addendum

    by blackwood

    Bear in mind I've just gotten access to HBO, so I'm catching Deadwood on DVD. Carnivale, you say?

  • May 21, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    If HBO can show skanky Bunny Ranch hookers in action...

    by DarthSnoogans

    They can sure as hell put together an accurate preacher series. The "Real Sex" series showed some of the most sexually fucked-up people on the planet, so Jesus DeSade and the gang would just be par for the course. Preacher would never work as a movie (it would take at least five movies to tell the story, and no studio would commit to that), I always hoped that we'd see in on pay cable with some decent production value.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Preacher IS awesome, minus ONE thing...

    by Logo Lou

    He barely ever used his "power." Now, there were a lot of reasons and excuses and gimmicks made up as to why throughout the run, but they still never utilized it as much as they could have, I thought. Still, an AWESOME series. This could really work well on HBO, if, as with everything, done right.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    This would be a home run!

    by fiester

    A Preacher HBO show would kickass! I wish HBO would look to more comic book properties. It's a natural fit for a series. It would still be great if they did a twelve episode Watchmen mini-series, but Preacher would be even better. Too bag they couldn't have cone a Hellblazer series and done it right. That would have rocked.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Meh we shall see

    by Kizeesh

    Lets face it Real Sex wasn't making fun of God. The Right-Wing Christian "funners" ain't going to look too kindly on it. That said, Chas Early would make a mean Bill Hicks....

  • May 21, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I wish I could turn the text red on this board

    by dogsbottom

    HBO EXECS, MAKE THE FUCKING SERIES. Tom Cruise should play Arseface. Mwa!

  • May 21, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    HBO should do Preacher and Y The Last Man as TV shows

    by Zardoz

    Both are too long and too rich in characters and story to condense into a two hour movie. They're perfect for TV though, and especially for HBO. This could be very good news, especially if they can get HBO to commit to a long run, at least long enough to FINISH the series! (Carnival, Deadwood: dead in the water before their time)

  • May 21, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The controversy over The Da Vinci Code is nothing.

    by Mr. Anderson

    If the people getting their panties in a bunch over Dan Brown's religiously-themed crapfest ever got exposed to Preacher's "God as villain" storyline, then their calls for boycotts would almost certainly lead to high enough ratings to push this series all the way to the end. If Audrey Tautou shocked them as Jesus' descendant, wait till they see the one Ennis came up with. Humperdumperdido!

  • May 21, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    And with that ^^^^^^^

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Just shut this TB the fuck down. You can't add anything more substantive to to that post above. It says it all. Thank you, good night, and I'm off to find some Saturday Night Beaver. C'mon, Brock.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Arseface makeup tests

    by The_Comedian

    http://informatiquefrance.free.fr/upload_new/arseface.jpg From when they tried to make a movie before. I remmeber Samuel L Jackson wanting to play the Saint of Killers as well.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I've said this before..HBO should do a 100 Bullets show

    by Sworn42Enemy

    Someone mentioned the best comic ever..that would be 100 Bullets.

  • May 21, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST

    How about pondering Deadwood Seaon 4?

    by snow scorpion

  • May 21, 2006, 5:59 p.m. CST

    OH MY SWEET NARCISSISTIC GOD

    by Killah_Mate

    This is one of those things that simply COULDN'T HAPPEN! TOO GOOD! This is like if JJ Abrams were to take over Star Trek, or X3 were good, or... wait a second. Have I died and gone to heaven? Why hasn't anybody told me? WHERE ARE MY VIRGINS? --- (However, I think it'd be wise to take this one with a small mountain of salt.)

  • May 21, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    THEY'LL CANCEL IT BEFORE JESSIE EVEN SEES GOD!

    by ripper t. jones

    Oh and WORD on a season 4 of DEADWOOD.

  • May 21, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST

    No fucking chance in hell

    by chrth

    Even if they do make it, it'll suck so I'd rather them not make it.

  • May 21, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Also, as long as I'm in heaven...

    by Killah_Mate

    Could the CW finally pick up Global Frequency? Could somebody see to that?

  • May 21, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    finish carnivale

    by calami-shami

    then do preacher, then walking dead.

  • May 21, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Won't last long

    by lfhlaw

    The way they treated Carnivale, Preacher would be lucky to be made for 2 seasons before they decide to axe it. Rather have them restart and FINISH Carnivale.

  • May 21, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    That Dark Angel cover

    by optimus122

    Just kills me , damn Jessica Alba is so friggin hot..

  • May 21, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Gasp! Choke! Egad!

    by Varakor

    Say its so! Say its so! If none of you trogs have ever read Preacher, it is one of the best damn comics ever written!! To see Jess, Cassidy, The KILLER of all Saints, and more in all their HBO gory, would be a DREAM come true. DO IT HBO!! DO IT!!! Oh god!! I just busted a nut.... whoops there goes the other one!

  • May 21, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST

    THIS WOULD R-R-R-R-RAWK!!!!!

    by Toxic Frog

    As long as they follow the stories from the books, this could be the absolute best HBO series ever. HOLY MOLEY. Keep us posted, AICN!!!

  • May 21, 2006, 7:07 p.m. CST

    carnivale shot itself in the foot

    by ashhole

    it was far too slow to develop the storyline and picked and chose which characters deserved real motivation. overall a great idea, but clumsily executed. deadwood is a much more complete storyline with real progression of characters forming a community, but lacks the visual creativity. preacher has both in spades. carnivale had all kinds of cool oddity going for it, but relied too heavily upon interesting images and not enough on interesting interaction until the last 6 or 8 episodes. i think a preacher series could produce the punch missing from both deadwood and carnivale, but i don't believe this is actually something that will be produced. it has the potential to be a phenomenon, but i see the top suits looking at it and seeing ground they've already covered.

  • May 21, 2006, 7:15 p.m. CST

    ....

    by blackthought

  • May 21, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    The arc where Jesse gets kidnapped by Granma was dope

    by Doc_Strange

    Where he literally beats the fuck out of jackie and burns everyone else alive. Also I hope HBO has the balls to show a guy fuckin a chicken.

  • May 21, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    One other thing....

    by Doc_Strange

    How they gonna bring back John Wayne?

  • May 21, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I'd rather get one more season of Carnivale.

    by Veraxus

    If HBO wants dark, mystical, and mythical - they might as well do one more season of Carnivale. I'd imagine the battle between good and evil, magic and science (which had just kicked off with the Season 2 finale) would be everything HBO and Carnivale fans are looking for.

  • May 21, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST

    A better choice for HBO would be...

    by MonkeyGod464

    The Walking Dead! Keep it black and white too!

  • May 21, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    If HBO offers to run your show...

    by Veraxus

    You'd better make DAMN sure you finish your entire story in one season - because no matter how long you think you have, HBO will cut you off one season short.

  • May 21, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    If this gets picked up....

    by IAmLegolas

    ... I might actually subscribe to HBO! Naw, who am I kidding, I'd wait for DVD.

  • May 21, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST

    As Long As Willie Nelson Does the Sdtk

    by the G-man

    Any "Preacher" movie or TV show needs to open with "Time of the Preacher" from "Red Headed Stranger" and end with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" from "Electric Horseman."

  • May 21, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    "Preacher" + HBO = A great fucking idea

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    I might finally add the channel instead of waiting for shit on DVD. And then buy the DVD anyway.

  • May 21, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    the Carnivale comments

    by oisin5199

    are amusing, since Carnivale kinda ripped off Preacher somewhat. Especially the 'All in the Family" storyline - similar to Hawkins going to see his fucked up grandmother with all this power, captured and tortured by the hicks that serve her. But an HBO series would be amazing. Casting ideas? I hope they get an awesome Cassidy - my favorite character.

  • May 21, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Speaking of...

    by psyclical

    HBO and comic to screen adaptations. What was the reason for no more eps of Spawn, I fucking loved that show as a kid and they quit showing it just as it was starting to get good with the angels vs Spawn stuff.

  • May 21, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    HBO +Preacher

    by turk128

    Over a year ago, I heard that they were planning a mini-series on HBO, an ANIMATED mini-series actually.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Humper-Dee Humper-Doo!

    by Macstone

  • May 21, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    SWEET FUCKING INCREDIBLE!!!!

    by MattCG

    God, I hope this is true. Please, please, please let this fucking be true. This would be so incredibly, insanely fucking awesome!!!!

  • May 21, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    i should get a producers credit and a big paycheck!

    by Tons of Fun

    holy crap! i posted this idea on several websites over the last few years as well as sent e-mails to ennis and dillon. when i first heard about a preacher movie i was exstatic! then i heard it was going to be toned down with no arse-face. as a fan of everything about the series i was unhappy, but my immediate thought was HBO. they could do a dirct adaptation of the series with little or no changes, and expand on the mythology created by ennis/dillon. i hope they go for it. who do you guys think should be cast? while i'm not set on an actor to play jesse, my other suggestions are dead set... jesse...james marsden? tulip...melissa george cassidy...robert carlyle the saint of killers...sam elliot arseface...seth green

  • May 21, 2006, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Tulip

    by The_Comedian

    Patricia Arquette circa True Romance would've been a grea Tulip. And Mickey Rourke should be the Saint of Killers. And I like the Idea of Seth Green as Arseface. and Malkovich for Herr Starr!

  • May 21, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Carnivale sucked, but The Preacher

    by Darth Satan

    The Preacher would do much better in a series form. I wouldn't want to see a movie of the Preacher. But, that being said I also think it would play better in England, then the U.S. Ultimately The Preacher series was about making fun of Americans and our of excess culture. I think it would just have a backlash in the United States.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Carnivale sucked, but The Preacher Part 2

    by Darth Satan

    That was suppose to be..... culture of excess.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Preacher was never about making fun of American.

    by Mr. Anderson

    That was Transmetropolitan. Preacher was all about a foreigners view of America after being raised on a steady diet of John Wayne movies. I think Ennis wrote bits of himself into both Jesse and Cassidy, explaining why this country might appeal to an Irishman, and why there are certain values that must never he abandoned. The series definitely condemns certain aspects of American society, but it never loses sight of the bigger picture. That's why I think it's the best comic of all time.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Didn't Carnivale ripoff preacher?

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    I swear to god it was so preacheresque in its premise with a bit of stephen king's stand. So was Dogma.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Preacher is not better than Watchmen..

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    it's good, but Watchmen is the holy grail okay. Step off.

  • May 21, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST

    walking dead...interesting suggestion

    by blackthought

  • May 21, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    The Pronsias Origin Issues (#25-26) are fookin' great

    by chrth

    And #26 is proof enough that it's not about making fun of America. In fact, I'm still surprised the last three panels wasn't made into a poster after 9/11. I LOVE YEH NEW YORK!

  • May 21, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Whoops, missed an I .. Proinsias.

    by chrth

  • May 21, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Why Not WATCHMEN?

    by citiprime

    "Preacher" will make for a great series if HBO decides to do it, and Garth Ennis is involved. I've always wondered why HBO has never thought of doing something like WATCHMEN? It has always made more sense to me to make a 12-Part Mini-Series than trying to condense that much story down to a 2-Hour movie. Another thing about making it into a movie is that I'm guessing some of the more "adult" elements of the story would be left out in order to get a PG-13 rating. A Mini-Series on HBO solves both of those problems. HBO has spent money on series like "ROME" & I would think a WATCHMEN series would be a big hit on DVD & bring subscriptions.

  • May 21, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Lordi : GWAR

    by paulh

    The former was the winner of the Eurovision 2006 song contest last night (a Finland band). Who look an awful-lotta-like Beavis and Butthead's all-time favorite band. There's a huge stink about it. On a related note, NBC wants their own version of the Eurovision contest on tap for next year, only it would be involving just the contiguous 48 (plus Alaska and Hawaii). Nutso.

  • May 21, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I'll bet even HBO...

    by Kid Z

    ... won't have the guts to have the armadillo-buggerer dude or the retarded, poop-flinging Jesus descendant.

  • May 21, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    THANK GOD!!!

    by MrD

    I've been saying this for years. Preacher is NOT short-format (movie) material. It needs a longer narrative to tell its tale, and HBO could do it justice. I'd be willing to be each season could cover at least a TPB worth of material, maybe two.

  • May 21, 2006, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Anyone who says "BEST comic ever..."

    by The Funketeer

    has no clue. Anyone who thinks 100 Bullets or Preacher are the BEST comic ever probably haven't read anything published before 1995. While both are great books and would make excellent HBO series, they're not even close to be perfect. I thought Preacher was a nice original story with some neat tricks until I saw Ennis repeat them over and over again in other titles. 100 Bullets started out really strong but has been meandering lately. Other candidates for great possible HBO series would be Fables, Y The Last Man, or The Walking Dead.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Funketeer?

    by MattCG

    While it might not be the "Best Comic Ever!" to you, it was to me. I've been collecting comics a long time and "Preacher" is my #1 comic series. No other comic has approached it's level of greatness in my opinion. See how that works? Opinion, that's mine. I like "Preacher" better than "Watchmen" it's more readable and less depressing. Point of fact, I like it better than anything you could name. I love a lot of series, but "Preacher" will always be my favorite.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Congratulations Silvia Night

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    damn I need to marry this bitch. She is so goddamn funny. She's like a female David Brent/Ricky Gervais crossed with ali g/borat. Her website is hilarious especially the intro video. Next BIg THING!

  • May 22, 2006, 1:02 a.m. CST

    GREAT FUCKING IDEA

    by Nachokoolaid

    It's about fucking time. If this happens, I'll finally have an excuse to get HBO. It's my dream to see a faithful adaptation of this made. It better be complete, though. And John Wayne sure as shit better be there. If they can bring him back for a beer commercial, they can do it again for this.

  • May 22, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    See my casting thoughts on PREACHER

    by Nachokoolaid

    http://zone.aintitcool.com/viewtopic.php?t=38884&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=preacher+jesse+custer check 'em out.

  • May 22, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST

    F$*k!!!!! F$*k, F$*k, F$*k, F$*k!!!!!

    by LucienPierce

    As a filmmaker/comic book geek this is the one comic book I've always wanted to adapt personally. One of two dream projects. It is by far the most read books in my collection and by far the best comic book series I've ever read. King Kong is to Peter Jackson what Preacher is to me. Usually I employ a very sit back and wait approach to upcoming projects but Preacher is beyond just something I would love to see. This is something I would LOVE to make so I guess for the first time I am going to be disturbingly critical of every step/misstep these guys take...And just for the record I think Johnny Depp would be awesome as Jesse Custer and a definite front runner in my books, though there are a couple other guys who could do it justice especially considering that Mr. Depp would probably not do TV. Personally I would also have Garth Ennis on as script supervisor...

  • May 22, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Probably a Bullshit Rumour...

    by Steve Rogers

    But it would be SO GREAT if it were true. Personally i have always thought that Preacher was perfect HBO fare. It's far too unweildy to become a film, but would make a perfect HBO series. Sex, (uber)violence, religion, controversy, vampires, kick-ass dialogue - it has everything. Please God let this one be true! Can't wait for the stand-alone episodes detailing the origins of Herr Starr and the Saint of Killers. Them was some awesome comicbooks.

  • May 22, 2006, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Sworn42Enemy

    by paddington

    Amen to 100 Bullets needing to be a TV series. The whole setup is pitch perfect for a weekly episodic series.

  • May 22, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    HBO should just

    by Dmann

    Have a rotating VERTIGO hour. Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y, Fables, and then when they wanted to drop cash into it...SANDMAN! oh and make fucking Hellblazer RIGHT!

  • May 22, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I've always said...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    ...that if they were ever going to do Preacher, then it should be as a fully fledged ongoing (but set run) series on HBO, with a decent enough budget and enough time given to run all the full story arcs. Same deal with 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, Sandman and Transmetropolitan. That said, right now I'd rather see another season of Deadwood or Carnivale happen personally.

  • May 22, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    Sookie Stackhouse

    by HuxleyQueenan

    From what I have heard, HBO has recently commissioned Alan Ball (of Six Feet Under and American Beauty scribedom) to make a series for them based on the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mysteries, a collection of books by author Charlaine Harris. It seems unlikely that they would then run another supernaturally-themed show out with a main Vampire character (in Cassidy). Anything's possible of course, with the two SNL-flavoured shows being launched later this year, but I would think not. Especially not after their loss of faith in Carnivale (which had similar themes to Preacher) and their wavering commitment to Deadwood. Money is clearly tight, and going ahead with both Sookie and Preacher would be extraordinarily expensive. Also, an HBO-funded Preacher series was touted as much as 5 years ago, and rejected on all fronts.

  • May 22, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Preacher was pretty fucking awful.

    by Delete Me

    It was nothing more than a vehicle for Garth Ennis's wet dreams about macho America, periodically punctuated by jokes about anal rape and fat people.

  • May 22, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST

    how come this one doesn't have wolverine?

    by blackthought

  • May 22, 2006, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Vertigo comics are for teenagers.

    by Napoleon Park

    Other than Moore's Swamp Thing and Sandman and maybe Hellblazer up through the Eddie Campbell issues. I liked Ennis's Hellblazer arc but after that everythint I read by him just seemed like vulgarity and swearing for its own sake - like a lot of Vertigo books I've seen. Bear in mind I never saw a lot of them, so I'm not talking about the one you liked. *** "Best Comic Series... Ever!" has to be a pretty subjective appraisal. I'd like to see Showtime do "Strangers In Paradise" as a series. I'd still like to see the original Elfquest series condensed into an animated film. I think taken straight from the comics and given a decent budget "Concrete" would be a viable film franchise. Personally I'd love a "Badger" series. Or some "Akiko" animation. So how come no one tries to make a movie of any of Eisner's graphic novels if his stuff's supposed to be so theatrical and staged? *** And based on the commercials I've seen for it, I'm assuming that new Assdom Sandhole movie "Click!" has nothing to do with the fucking brilliant Milo Manara graphic novel of the same name. Movies like "Karate Kid" and "Weird Science" that have comic book titles but aren't based on the comic they're named after automatically suck, but that's a whole 'nother rant.

  • May 22, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I would subscribe to HBO... JUST FOR PREACHER

    by Squashua

    My wife is pissed we never signed on for The Sopranos; we had free HBO for months, but then it disappeared. I'd buy, HBO. You listening?

  • May 22, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Y'know what would make a good show on HBO..?

    by Munkstomper

    I always thought that only HBO could do Stephen King's Dark Tower books justice. No movie can cover 7 books, the material would be too much for the bland networks.....only a company like HBO could put it out.

  • May 22, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Preacher

    by QuiGonCheezwhipr

    The comic that changed my life.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    While you're at it, why not just do The Dark Tower...

    by DanielKurland

    and, as others have mentioned, The Watchmen as well. I'll admit that I've never read Preacher, but it sounds interesting. If they are deciding to go in this comic route though, Dark Tower (I know it's not a comic) and Watchmen would work so well. And I also think it is amusing that all these shows are being cancelled a year early, yet Curb Your Enthusiasm, who admitted to being over, having low ratings (I love it though), and even calling the last episode "The End", might be back next season. Just pretend you don't care, and HBO will come to you talking.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Never was a fan of Ennis...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...Probably cos his Judge Dredd was so poor, but I've never read Preacher. You talkbackers have whetted my appetite, though, and I just bought a book off Amazon just cos of the positives being mentioned here.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    100 Bullets and Preacher

    by xocgx

    HEck, add Fables and you'd have three amazing shows!!

  • May 22, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Never ever read Preacher or Watchmen

    by DirkD13"

    But I would put my complete faith in HBO. Any channel that has absolutely no problem with the word cunt can do no wrong. And I've heard so much good shit about Watchmen that if it could never be done properly in a film, then why not make a cracking series out of it? Something has got to fill the Sopranos void when it ends.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    This sounds like fishing to me.

    by Dokkalvar

    Pondering, my ass - they're asking a question. "Hmm, what property is out there that's got the same sacrilegious flavor as the Davinci code but is episodic and obviously, potentially, more controversal?" It's been sitting on the shelf forever and color me surprised no one jumped on this before the Davinci Code movie came out. Well HBO, this seems like a no-brainer to me. So fish away, the source and story sound completely bogus but you're on to something..... With all this "Well I heard, and blah blah blah.." Just ask HBO, and the answer is yes. Make Preacher.

  • May 22, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Y'know what else would make a good show on HBO..?

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    Carnivale.

  • May 22, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    If they do the Dark Tower, they have to make sure ...

    by chrth

    Roland is carrying the Horn of Gilead.

  • May 22, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    HBO should finish Carnivale properly

    by Toby___Wong

    and then they can do whatever they want.

  • May 22, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Paddy Considine could play Jessie OR Cassidy!

    by pokadoo

    He was nails in Dead Man's Shoes! Or your man Sawyer, from Lost would make a good Cassidy. And erm...i dunno, Katee Sackhoff as Tulip? Oh, and David Carradine or Iggy Pop as Saint of killers. The sountrack could use existing songs by The Pogues, The Clash, Nick Cave, Public Enemy, Tool(Bill Hicks fans), Revolting Cocks, Tom Waits, Aphex Twin, PJ Harvey, The Jesus Lizard, Bonnie Prince Billy, MF Doom, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Godspeed you Black Emperor and,of course, Nirvana. Or maybe not. Either way, i hope HBO do this and i hope they do it good.

  • May 22, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    If they do a Dark Tower series...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and Roland is carrying the horn of Gilead, he'd better have sort-of flashbacks/premonitions (like he did during the time Jake was dead but not dead) to what happened the last time he went through the cycle. And he'd better just walk away from the tower after defeating the Red King and singing his comrades' names. As for the Preacher series...if HBO makes this, I will subscribe. I've been a huge fan of Sopranos all the while, but it hasn't been enough to get me to subscribe. Take that for whatever it's worth.

  • May 22, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fuck HBO

    by johnnylong

    and Milch.Cocksuckers. That's all

  • May 22, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Enough with Carnivale

    by _Maltheus_

    I loved the show from day one, but it ain't ever coming back. Deadwood is on the cusp today and can actually still be saved. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it HBO cancels Deadwood as well, then I'm cancelling HBO. I can't get excited about their new series if they can't even keep their popular ones on the air (Sopranos has a pass, it's been on long enough to start sucking it up).

  • May 22, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    66 Issues = 66 Episodes

    by VinnyMac666

    Do this bitch Sin City style. Insane amounts of accuracy when compared to the books. It'll be fucking great!

  • May 22, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    James Franco...

    by The_Comedian

    ... is not nearly hard enough to play Jesse.

  • May 22, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    HBO is King

    by crackerfarmboy

    HBO Sunday can do nearly no wrong (The Comeback aside). I have faith that Preacher could work well in this format. Although, I'm not exactly a huge Ennis fan. I think "Welcome Back Frank" (The Punisher) was his best work to date. Deadwood will be missed if it is gone though...cocksucker!

  • May 22, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Never gonna happen

    by Heisenberg85

    I really doubt this will ever get off the ground, but good lord, if it somehow does, and it is done right, I will bake every HBO exec some cookies. As stated above, it'd be worth it alone to see the shit-storm that the retarded Jesus decendents would cause. Heh. And I pity the poor sucker that they pick to play Herr Starr.

  • May 23, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Jesus descendents

    by MrD

    To be fair, there was never confirmation that they were who the Grail claimed they were. Starr himself seemed indifferent to the idea, and the Allfather was a righteous fuck. So there seems to me to be plenty of room to sidestep the controversy on THIS issue (one of the few so easily dodged).

  • May 23, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Casting - Harry as the Allfather!

    by MrD

  • May 23, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Casting-Timothy Olyphant as Jesse

    by mescal

    Unfortunately, he'll probably be out of a job soon anyway. He might not have the look down 100%, but he definitely has a voice that would work well as "the voice of God".

  • May 23, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    a terrible idea

    by Cory849

    I love preacher but it would be such a tough property to do right that its practically not worth doing. You have a guy with a superpower that he goes out of his way NOT to use - a good thing because its too fucking powerful. You have a casually introduced VAMPIRE. But most importantly, you have a level of filthy tasteless sex/violence that even HBO wont touch, thus leaving hardcore fans alienated or Will touch, thereby leaving casual viewers horrified and alienated. Finally, preacher has a perfectly developed story arc already. should they follow it perfectly (thereby boring fans who have already read the damn comic book which already looks like a movie) or change it (thereby alienating the comic book fans who are pissed that it got changed and dont realise they would be bored if it was exactly the same.) Maybe they can pull it off...I dont know. But...tough one.

  • May 24, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The only way this should be done is if it's animated...

    by beamish13

    And not the low-quality animation of SPAWN. Think more like THE MAXX. I truly believe that animation is a greater medium than live-action, and it's the only way that we might get something that does justice to this wonderful series.

  • May 24, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    aaaand, I just came in my pants

    by Uncooked_Meat

    This could be fucking brilliant. HBO basically gets a free pass on EVERYTHING now for me, since Entourage, Deadwood, Sopranos are all excellent. It's also a far better venue for Preacher than the big screen. Fingers fucking CROSSED. And Timothy Olyphant is an excellent idea. Him or Michael Wincott.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    It's True!

    by Abin Sur

    But the creative team? Meh.