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Sam Mendes To Direct PREACHER!!

I am – Hercules!!
Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road To Perdition," "Revolutionary Road") will direct a big screen version of the DC/Vertigo funnybook series "Preacher" for Sony. For a good long while HBO and Mark Steven Johnson ("Jack Frost," "Daredevil") were developing the property as a TV series, but that plan was recently aborted. Find here AN AICN STORY DATED EXACTLY TEN YEARS AGO TODAY talking about a "Preacher" movie to be produced by Kevin Smith (!) and directed by Rachel "Tank Girl" Talalay (!). Talalay, who also directed "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" (1991) and "Ghost in the Machine" (1993) never got another film into cinemas subsequent to 1995's "Tank Girl." Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by mithrandir16

    Great news!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Get the fuck out!

    by MetalMickey

    Score!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes is no Mark Steven Johnson

    by paulrichard

    American Beauty is nothing next to Ghost Rider.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!

    by bee152

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Yay!

    by John Maddening

    I'm more excited about this than I am about Shia "I'm in Everything!" LaBeof in Y: THE LAST MAN. Let's hope they don't cast Shia as Jesse Custer as well.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    As long as the movie opens and ends with Willie Nelson

    by catlettuce4

    Opening song "Time of the Preacher" (just like the first issue). Closing song "My Heroes have always been cowboys."

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Preacher sucks.

    by worldofwarcraft

    Really, what's the appeal of Preacher? A guy named Assface? This is a thing that clearly thinks it's better than the lame stuff it really is. But Jason Patric as Preacher.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    How long before Mendes gives up and...

    by Spacker Dave

    ...sends it back to development hell? I love Preacher. It is without a doubt my favorite book. But anyone who has read it will tell you that a film version would end up being protracted and feeling like a cop-out. The HBO series might have done it justice if it had stayed on track. At least we can all agree that it is good to have Mark Steven Johnson off the project and having a classy film maker like Sam Mendes on board. I wish him all the best in beating his head against a brick wall fighting the studios and censors over this movie.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Only rating

    by mr_l_74

    the only rating would be NC-17

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes is the luckiest man alive.

    by Gilkuliehe

    You know why.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    In Sam We Trust!!!!

    by Jugdish

    That's awesome

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    If Nothing Else...

    by CHEWBLACCA

    ...it's going to be a beautiful movie. I can't wait to see Texas through Mendes' eye. That man made me forget that Tom Hanks was Tom Hanks...and I like Tom Hanks. Not the movies he's in, but Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Sounds like an upgrade to me.

    by flickchick85

    Though, I haven't read it, but it seems like something that WOULD be better suited to be an HBO series than a movie...just not by Mark Steven Johnson. If only we could get Mendes to do that instead. Oh well, this should be fun. It sounds like a good kind of crazy.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    YackBacker

    by Duke of Hurl

    Get a grip. I have read Preacher and Sam Mendes makes good cinema.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Good news I guess...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    Sam Mendes is an interesting director for the job, but I'm sort of at a loss as to how exactly they'll manage to adapt this one without completely neutering it and/or having to combine several books into one movie.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Mark Steven Johnson...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...already ruined Daredevil AND Ghostrider...he's like a poor man's Ratner.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    No way...

    by andtheflesh

    ...in HELL can this be faithful to the series. Whatever Mendez makes might be good but it won't be Preacher. It just isn't possible to cram all that happens in those books into a 2-3 hour movie. Subplots that will be impossible to mesh into one movie...just off the top of my head: Arseface, the Vatican and Herr, Saint of Killers, Custer's fucked up family, crazy orgy party, the Duke, Cassidy's entire backstory, "Fuck Communism" backstory, Sheriff Custer, Masada, the two FBI agents... How can they even look at that and think feature film? I suppose they could put it ALL in there and give no depth to any of it. Adapting this will be ten times harder than Watchmen and there being no squid will be the least of our fucking worries.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by BurntRectum

    Maybe cool, but how do you condense it to a single film. Now maybe a series of direct to DVD films for each chapter would be sweet.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    As an aside...

    by andtheflesh

    ...I miss the days when HBO had balls.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    all the same, andtheflesh...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    No Squid, No Peace.<BR><BR>Seriously though--let's see an INVISIBLES HBO series. Now THAT's something I could dig (though it will never happen in a million fucking years). KING MOB own's PREACHER's ass!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Road to Perdition was amazing so hopefully this will match the greatness of that film

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    shit

    by SirFlibble

    Preacher is too big of a story for one movie or even several. They'd need at least 9

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    ID MUCH RATHER SEE HIM DO CAPTAIN AMERICA.

    by Redfive!

    Plus Preacher as a single movie is pointless.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    FFFFNNNOORRRRRFFUCKING YES!

    by DocDaneeka

    this is amazing news! please god don't let this fall apart!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Two hours cannot do it justice!

    by Hotscot

    But if they covered Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy meeting. Some stuff with the Voice, Vatican and Herr that could be the introductory movie of a series. I would then pee myself if the last scene was a shot of The Saint..played by a cadaverous Clint of course..he may be too old but I can't think of anyone else just now...

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    HBO is a better choice then a Movie

    by Xiphos_2

    Mendes is an upgrade over Johnson but a rabid, shit flinging monkey is an upgrade of MSJ. I'm not particularly sold on Mendes either so I guess I'll file this under the "I hope this works out" lable.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "doomed"

    by TomCullen

    Preacher won't work as a movie, not and still be anywhere near an accurate adaptation anyhow. I mean people were all bitching about how "impossible" it is for Watchmen, a mere 12 part series, to be faithfully adapted into a single film, and while I actually have high hopes for that one, Preacher took 60 issues (plus specials) to tell it's complete story, most of which was actually required to get the full impact across, so to me I'm actually going to have to side with the decryers this time around and say that there is no way that this works as a single film. Not as still be Preacher as we even remotely know it anyhow. I just can not see this working as an adaptation, and that's because we even get anywhere near just how toned down it's likely to be...

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Am also on the Preacher should be a TV show bandwagon

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Am enjoying True Blood at the moment on HBO and whilst its no Sopranos or The Wire its pretty entertaining.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I'd prefer a cable series myself, however...

    by catlettuce4

    ...all the people moaning that there's no way in hell to adapt it to film because it's based on a series of books apparently missed the films based on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    ok, yeah, i agree

    by DocDaneeka

    preacher should be a t.v. show. but goddam, if it has to be a movie, then i'd love to see mendes' take.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by HoboCode

    Interesting choice.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Road to Perdition

    by enderandrew

    I haven't read the graphic novel, but the movie is a horrible bastardization of Lone Wolf and Cub. Maybe the novel is as well.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Hey Gilkuliehe,

    by coen_fan

    Maybe I'm an idiot, but I don't know. Why?

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I've got to agree-- very skeptical

    by Drunken Rage

    "Preacher" was a tremendous read almost without any filler; seems unlikely that anything even reomotely approaching its richness-- which is one the things that makes "Preacher" so damn enjoyable-- can be set up in a feature length film. Clearly would be most effective as a cable series.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Cuz he gets to sniff Kate Winslet's morning breath every day.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Duh.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Neil Gaiman's Sandman

    by The Crystal Skull

    I sure hope that more Vertigo attention means that someone's figuring out how to do the Sandman property justice in a format other than comics or graphic novels. Some of the best comic material ever lies in those pages...

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Eastwood as the Saint (of course)...

    by MisterE

    ...and Val Kilmer as John Wayne!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Ouch.

    by Brian

    This movie COULD work as a movie. I don't want it though. I wanted the TV series, BIG TIME. HBO needed to fast track this and throw lots of money at it, but that's not HBO's style these days. Oh, well. BUTTT If they do a movie trilogy... I'd be forced to get excited, but idealy, EVERY Preacher fan wants a properly paced TV series.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "Saint of Killers"

    by TomCullen

    It should be Lance Henriksen, because let's face it, no way Eastwood would ever do it, and you just know Henriksen could nail the role. Just take a look at Dead Man if you need any proof.<p>I still say that there is no way that this can work as a movie though. Sure, it could work as a series of movies, but that doesn't appear to be the plan here unfortunately. And sure, Sam Mendes may well create a great movie *inspired* by the material, but there's just no way to do anything approaching an accurate adaptation of Preacher as a single film. <p>Still, it'll be interesting to see how this progresses regardless...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Lance Henrikson is more realistic choice for the Saint

    by Xiphos_2

    Since this will be like a 90 minute movie, and probably pg 13 at that, I don't think The Saint of Killers will even rate a cameo.<p>To bad really, The Saint, is one of the coolest characters in the funny books.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Anyone not excited about this is a fuckhead

    by tyler_turden

    This is the single best piece of news I have read on this site in a long time. If you havn't read the books, put your dick back in your pants, smash your piggybank and run to the stores. Seriously.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    No no, Dolph as the Saint!

    by pipergates

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    You SERIOUS?

    by sonnyfern

    HOLY SHIT! Preacher is one of the most badass thing written ANYWHERE. How the fuck are they going to adapt this thing into a movie? I don't know, I wanna get excited but man, we're talking some sacred stuff here. I don't know if Sam Mendes has the sense of humor for it you know?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    They should do the Jody and T.C. spin-off movie instead

    by ebonic_plague

    I hope there's at least room for Starr and Featherstone in whatever it is they come up with. <p> Speaking of HBO, they just bought the option to make a Song of Ice and Fire. http://grrm.livejournal.com/51779.html

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Rufus Sewell

    by deanbarry

    Is who I always imagined as The Preacher when reading it. He looks the part. Damn, this will be one violent film if faithfully adapted. And praise jebus, lets hope so.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    NEVER Gonna happen.

    by V'Shael

    I'll bet large money this won't happen.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Tim Roth as Cassidy

    by MC-909

    Never could get a handle on who should play Jesse though. Oh, and I never liked Tulip, even when reading through the series for a second time.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Script?

    by Vic_Arpeggio

    I read a version by Garth Ennis that kicked ass and took names about ten years ago. The Rachel Talalay version-- not nearly as good. Here's to Mendes being smart enough to let Ennis figure out his own story.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd was born for the role of PREACHER

    by Monkey_King

    please no Affleck.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    NOW we're getting warmer.

    by Wonder Man

    Mendes is a major, MAJOR talent -- AMERICAN BEAUTY's content may have dated a little, but it's visuals and performances haven't, ROAD TO PERDITION is elegant and has a great sense of period style and JARHEAD is mesmerisingly good -- and his involvement should excite anyone. To me, this has almost a Heath Ledger-as-the-Joker vibe, meaning I like it because I have absolutely NO idea what to expect. Nothing in this artist's career has clued us in to how he'll approach this, but everything he's done to date is quality, and both that and the possibility inherent in the unknown is thrilling. I had exactly the same feeling when Ledger took on the Joker, and look how amazing THAT performance was. (I'm talking artistically here, so leave the tasteless comments in your holster.) And why can't it be a series of flicks?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Trilogy?

    by sonnyfern

    I don't know...if you leave out all the fluff (Dixie Fried and Salvation might be able to be left out) you're still missing so much of what made the books so awesome, but I don't see anyone committing to anything more than three flicks, the subject matter is so crazy.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Fuck YES!

    by Evil Hobbit

    This is to good to be true. Not only do we get a master craftsman at the helm, we also get a Thomas Newman soundtrack for this. What would be even cooler? If Sam returned to HBO saying, look, I got it back on track. Let me fix you this show.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:39 a.m. CST

    I humbly suggest...

    by StarskyandHushky

    ..Jake Gyllenhaal for the title role. Mainly to keep Shia the Beef outta this.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Sam Mendesis a hack

    by dioxholster

    hes just lucky to have acclaim for his shitty movies, american beauty was the worst pile of shit that existed...and road to predation was well i blame tom hanks. that director should direct a movie featuring a pile of sit so it can perfectly match his shitty artwork.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    shoulda been John Carpenter

    by Maniaq

    what? it's not like he's BUSY...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:04 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern, I almost agree...

    by unclemeat

    But I'd like to keep Salvation, and remove All Hell's A-Coming (and Dixie Fried as well). Then, I think it would be possible as a trilogy. But I like Sam Mendes a lot (Road To Perdition is great in my book), and I'll hope for the best. But please, PLEASE, no Affleck.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST

    wont work

    by bacci40

    there is no built in audience for this...so the budget will be tiny...cant be longer than 2 hours, and at that length, even the first arc will be hard to fit in....preacher is meant to be a series, not a movie...too bad

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Sweet baby Jesus and the Orphans!

    by Chaplins_tache

    I'm hopeful but extremely skeptical- this would be one of the hardest things to to adapt tonally, however hard hard "The Watchmen" will be hard to match in terms of it's feel, this has a dark sense of humour that is pretty unique in comic books. That said, Mendes did a hell of a job with "Road to Peredition", but getting Arseface just right? god luck Sammy..

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Colin Fuckin' Farrell for Cassidy

    by spud mcspud

    And Katie Sackhoff for Tulip. Yes, she's as annoying as hell, but she's a half-decent actress and looks the part, so hey, why not?<P> Jason Patric for Jesse 15 years ago, maybe. Too old now though?<P> Oh, and Lance Henriksen DEFINITELY for the Saint of Killers. And Shia LeBouef for Arseface ;D

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Monkey_King

    by spud mcspud

    I'm onna bitch-slap you right upside the head if you don't retract that PAUL RUDD comment RIGHT FUCKING NOW!<P> For the love of Jeebus. Get a grip, man.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I don't know what to think...

    by BigCZee

    I mean i love the idea of a live action Preacher. But the only way i see it done justice is as a tv series as was planned. Of course i'm happy the project isn't dead in the water but how could they pull this of and stay true to the story. I mean even if they did a trilogy (That seems to be so fucking popular theese days) they wouldn't cover all the stories of the comic books. And how would they deal with all the explicit material and dark subject matters. I mean if they dont push the envelope on this one then why even bother. But then again if they do that, the MPAA is going to have a field day hacking and cutting away. The again they might just slap an NC-17 on the movie and that will not sit well with the big studio execs, since everything is about money these days. I'm surprised they ain't going for a PG-13 family oriented Preacher. Okay maybe that was a bit over the top from my side. But who knows. As much as i think Sam Mendes is a good and competent director he does not seem to be the type for something like Preacher (Frankly i don't know what director could?). I mean he is a pretty artsy kinda guy so what if he goes and decides to be a little to creative and changes around with the story. That shit has happened before. I would not be happy and i don't think i'm alone there. Well i've said my piece. Let's just hope for the best of it...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd???

    by MC-909

    Are you fucking serious? I always laugh at guys my age (mid 30s) that claim to be "big Paul Rudd fans". He's funny and all, but come on, if he wasn't an actor, he'd be "that short guy at the bar". Are you saying your a fan of "that short guy at the bar"? <p> Paul Rudd as Jesse is about as valid as Sonny Chiba playing Strawberry Shortcake.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Monkey_King a word please

    by Xiphos_2

    Are you taking the piss with this Paul Rudd as Jesse Custer business? Either you're trying to troll or you ate a fuck load of bananas dipped in acid.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    I think they'll

    by Midnightxpress

    Have the origin story of the three main characters, with them being hanuted by the Saint (freed by the moronic Angels ala issue one) across Texas. You can hint at the Grail, but like a Batman film there's no need to have all the villians in one movie. I have high hopes this can work, as the series is very cinematic in nature (unlike Watchmen)

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Jill Wagner for Tulip!

    by 11dayempire

    Seriously, I interviewed her a while back. She *is* Tulip O'Hare. Her dad buys her guns for Christmas and everything.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Remember Henriksen in Dead Man...

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    He was real good at the scary cowboy thing. Also he'll take any job going.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Farrell Would Be Perfect

    by RobFromBackEast

    This sounds great regardless, though

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Bad idea all around

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    They need to just give up on it, I think. Some things are better left on the page and I just can't see any way for it to be faithful enough for fans and yet mainstream enough to make a profit.<br><br> Scorsese got death threats for Last Temptation of Christ and Kevin Smith got them for Dogma, how do you think people are going to react to the film adapation of a comic book that depicts the last human descendant of Jesus Christ as a drooling inbred retard?<br><br>I love Preacher as much as the next comic geek, but I'd rather not see a Preacher movie/tv show than see a toothless one. And mark my words, if this actually gets made it'll be watered down almost to the point of insignificance.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    1st part

    by goldenage

    The have to be looking at this as the standalone 1st part of a trillogy. If it makes coin we will see parts 2&3 back to back.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    HBO should do a Hellblazer series.

    by rev_skarekroe

    With a John Constantine that's, y'know, ENGLISH.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Wont work and wont happe:

    by wowsah156

    Preacher has so many storylines, that the idea of condensing it into a single movie is nonsense. Constantine anyone?! HBO need a slap on the chops over chickening out of keepiong the stories intact.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    yeah Dominic but it will make muslims happy

    by dioxholster

    if muslims happy then we all happy.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe

    by spud mcspud

    We can but hope. With Paul Bettany in the role, and bringing back Tilda Swinton occasionally for that scary-as-hell Gabriel she did so brilliantly.<P> SEA OF SOULS had an episode with Paul McGann that had an almost-authentic-HELLBLAZER vibe, but... not quite. Good attempt, though. HELLBLAZER is begging to be done right - and preferably as an HBO series.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    There is a God.

    by Knuckleduster

    Mark Steven Johnson is one of the most useless directors working today. Sam Mendes, on the other hand, is actually damn good. Hope this happens.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    dioxholster has a point

    by spud mcspud

    Not to get political (TOO LATE!), but if we had governments in the goold ol' USA AND the UK (my backyard), that understood the true importance of real democracy and free speech, and had the brass cojones to actually enforce the rules that allow free speech and true democracy, then we'd be coming down with great vengeance and furious anger on ANYONE who puts a death threat out on someone who has written, drawn or performed something that causes offence. You can't help offending someone in a democracy. The fact is that government needs to get tough on ANYONE who advocates censorship by violence - which means we need to get violent (or at least hand out punishments that MEAN SOMETHING) with such violent offenders. I'm nominally a Christian, but I enjoyed the hell out of PREACHER, and the descendant of Christ being a drooling inbred retard didn't offend me one bit. The fact that Shia LeBouef still has a career, however, offend the living shit out of me - but you don't see me strapping on the semtex vest top go deal with him, do you?<P> Yet >;P <P> **he says, just joking, looking nervously over his shoulder**

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    My holy frikin Jebus!

    by superzero

    This is almost too good to be true. I hope they don't try to cram 75issues into 2 1/2 hrs but other than that I am fuckin PUMPED for this! Hell I was Jesse Custer at a Halloween party last week! Course only one person knew who I was but hey, I had fun...Colin Ferrel for Cassiday!!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N That Spells "Played Out:"

    by Aquatarkusman

    Seriously, Tom, give it a fucking rest, or at least talk like a waterhead for the remainder of your comment.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    How the hell are they going to make this into a movie?

    by Johnny Storm

    It should have been a mini series. It pains me to think of all the story they're gonna have to cut out.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    dioxholster didnt make any points

    by dioxholster

    stop dragging me into this! i care for my life.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    although I'm for Mendeds directing....

    by RockLobster800

    Preacher would have been better as a tv show in all fairness...like The Sandman, its only toward the endo of the sereis that the ACTUAL plot line becomes apparent and your'e given a stisfactory conclusion...but you need all the stuff in between to let you actually emotionally attach to the characters...in the that respect it would be nearly impossible to pull off the storyline in one two hour flick. Unless they make up a story that just revolves around the characters, but then thats not really Preacher is it? I mean it would be tough to stray off the whole "getting God to answer for himself/saint of killers" etc storylines cos...well, thats what Preacher is fundamentally. But at least its in good hands...Mark Ruffalo for Jesse Custer!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Strange but good choice.

    by beastie

    I like Mendes' work, but he's never done anything like this. I don't think that he is overrated because I don't think people treat him like Welle's reincarnated anymore like they did when American Beauty first released.</p><p>Anyway, I'm glad Talalay didn't direct, but wish she would work on another film being as I enjoyed the hell out of Tank Girl.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Also, I actually agree with the Rudd choice.

    by beastie

    and I know I'm in a minority here but also Ryan Phillipe channeling his Way of the Gun character would be pretty sweet.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    also I second Lance Henrisken

    by RockLobster800

    for the Saint....and to those throwing in the whole Lord Of Te Rings arguement, you over look the fact that they set out to make three films with little doubt the film wold be successful...with something like Preacher you cant greenlight a series as A)its too offensive to people and B) a lotta people wont bother going to see it due to its relative obscurity outside the comic buying public. LOTR and Harry Potter were HUUUUGE before they were made into flicks whereas Preacher...not so much.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    If they had done this 10 years ago...

    by John Maddening

    ...Robert Carlyle would have still worked.<br> <br> Cassidy is in his 90s, but looks like he's in his mid-to-late 20s.<br> <br> Man, I hope this works.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    spud mcspud

    by rev_skarekroe

    Paul Bettany's a good choice for Constantine. If you wanted to make him the same age he currently is in the comics, I'd go with Tim Roth. Though he's kind of short.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Sackoff=Tulip

    by gooseud

    No actor was ever born to play a role the way Sackoff is born to play Tulip. They will never get him, but Daniel Day-Lewis IS the Saint. For Jesse, it has to be someone who doesnt NEED the Word to kick some ass, so Paul Rudd is out needless to say. A young Tim Roth WAS Cassidy, but these days.....hmmmm, maybe he could still pull it off.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Too much comic-

    by ARGH!

    There's not enough time in a two hour film to cover any of it; I've just got a bad feeling this will be Constantine all over again. The show wasn't a bad idea, it was just being done by a hack director; if you could get a good list of rotating directors on a TV version of Preacher, it might be salvageable, but what book of preacher would they do for one movie? There's so much golden material, and when you hack it all up and condense it, you get something akin to the 2003 Garth Ennis influenced Punisher movie bullshit fiasco. I rarely comment, this news just upsets me and everyone I know who loves this book.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Day Lewis = Saint of Killers

    by spud mcspud

    If I stand over here, right, and you, God, stand over there, and my straw reaches over here, I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE! DO YOU SEE?!? I DRINK IT UP!<P> DRAINAGE! DRAAAAAAAAIINAAAAAAAAGE!!!<P> **puts a bullet in the Almighty's forehead** <P> I'm finished...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    dioxholster - hereby released from this argument

    by spud mcspud

    Any fundamentalists (especially the ones who put the FUN and MENTAL into FUNDAMENTAL - and any rapper who wants to call themselves FUN'DA'MENTAL will hear from my feral pack of lawyers) who wish to get into arguments about why it's okay to threaten people with death when they say/do/perform something they don't agree with, please stick with me or Dominic-Vobiscum. Dominic has a very smart name (that I don't understand) and I just love a good argument. Plus, fundamentalism, while a cool name for a rapper, is a lousy ideology to live your life by. Live and let live, people.<P> diox - grow a pair, man! Get back in the game! ;p

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    RockLobster800

    by spud mcspud

    Mark Ruffalo would be fine except that he talks like he has a mouthful of treacle every time he speaks. Not great for The Word...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Humper-di-do!!

    by nerdvernacular

    Wow, is this one going to be diluted.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Whatever happens..

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I'm just thankful it was taken out of the hands of that Ghost Rider dude. Though would've preferred it to be a series. Oh well, count your blessings, i guess.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck! Impossible to make a proper Preacher adaption with 1 movie

    by ev1ldead

    I started reading the graphic novels after HBO lost interest in the project and even the first 3 comics have to much amazing stuff going on for 1 fucking movie. With a talented director like Mendez there is at least a chance that it didn't become a mindless splatter fest, but this stuff screamed for a multi season HBO series.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Cameron Diaz=Tulip

    by ev1ldead

    Sackhoff would be the obvious choice, but i had Cameron Diaz in mind while reading. She can pull it off. She has the looks and can play cute as well as tough.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Ick

    by PTSDPete

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The "What Happens in Vegas" poster...

    by MisterE

    The "What Happens in Vegas" movie poster makes me not want to see Cameron Diaz in anything again, ever. That thing is dripping with self-absorbed smugness. Plus, Diaz is a bit too old to play Tulip. <p> I'm not a huge Katee Sackhoff fan, but I think that she would make a much better Tulip (and she wouldn't cost as much).

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Great, let's strike while the iron's iceberg cold

    by gruntybear

    The time to put "Preacher" on the big screen was a decade ago. Now it's old hat. Since a 2 hour motion picture couldn't possibly do right by the series, the studio will get a middling actioner that strips all the "controversial" religious elements out of it and leaves us with, I dunno, "Constantine" or "Max Payne." If it's going this route, just fucking kill it already and move on to something else. I don't want another half-assed comic adaptation. I don't think anyone does.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Fuck Superman, this is what we need . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    Hope they get Richard Dawkins to sign off on the script! Maybe then the religious right could get some of the respect it deserves. Where's Bill Hicks when we need him eh?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Cute, but harmless.

    by shitstorm23

    The movie cannot cover all the cool shit in Preacher, it's just a question of what exactly they'll decide to tackle. I see them maybe throwing Cassidy out the window, tying in a Vampire to this story seems too much for a movie to explain. Starr would have to be in it, but the allfather? The divine retard? Saint of Killers is a must, but could they even tell his story? I guess if they designed it as a trilogy, then maybe they could add people in. The only reason I could see a studio would back this is for a love story, rock star named Assface and killing god. <p> Am I the only one that hated the ending of the series? Besides the fact that they ruined it by telling people what the Saint was going to do years before it happened, the whole riding off into the sunset shit between Jesse & Tulip was just gay. I really thought it should have been a much more tragic ending. And while I don't need to be spoonfed everything, I just wanted to see what exactly happens to heaven, hell & earth with no God or Devil? Does someone take over? Does Genesis destroy the universe? Come on Ennis, help me out here. <P> Jesse-DiCaprio(Gangs of NY style, Timothy Olyphant or Joaquin Phoenix), Tulip-NOT Diaz or Watts, Saint-Henrickson, Arseface-Elijah Wood, Starr-Hugo Weaving, God-Doug Jones.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    YES!!! FINALLY!!! Those books are Awesome!

    by JestaFool

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    15 years ago...

    by Kankennon

    When I was reading The Preacher, I was casting Rufus Sewell as Jesse and Tim Roth as Cassidy, but I never could pinpoint Tulip. Lance Henriksen is ideal for The Saint of Killers. <p> If this ended up at HBO, I'd fear they'd stick Adrian Grenier into Jesse's boots. <p> I can't come up with a modern choice for Jesse, but I would like to see Ewen Bremner as Cassidy.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    They'll tone it down...

    by drewlicious

    I see a lot of suits just wringing their palms over every Christian offense. At the very least the mentally challenged messiah will probably get the axe.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The blink tag is about 10 years old, too

    by Dr Lizardo

    I haven't seen blinking text on a web page since everyone on the planet realized it's FREAKING AMATEURISH AND ANNOYING! Much like typing in all caps.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    YESSSS!!!!

    by brandon11

    this is fuckin awsome! BUT,im still waiting for a SANDMAN movie

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Um... No.

    by lagomorph

    From the Variety article: "Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, graphic novel focuses on the preacher of a Texas town, who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil." I repeat, um... No. I certainly hope Variety is talking out their asses because Preacher rises and falls on the crisis of faith that leads the main character to take on those supernatural forces. They make it sound like he's some kind of broke demon hunter. I realize you don't wann a give away the spoilers but...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Mendes Upgrade

    by tallsy

    Yes, this would have been better on HBO (although I heard HBO was insisting on James Marsden, who's been in too many comicbook movies as it is) But on another note, has any movie's reputation taken more of a hit in a 10 year period than American Beauty? The only thing that comes close in my mind is "Ordinary People." Anything else that comes to mind?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    A faithful Preacher movie will not pass censors.

    by Damien Chowder

    Meaning only the basis of Preacher will be there with little else. If they are not doing a trilogy then that proves it.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Cassidy is essential!

    by oisin5199

    For one, it's very clear that Cassidy is Ennis' pet character, very similar to his take on Constantine. But with Cassidy, ultimately one of main storylines (if not the main one) is the redemption of Cassidy. Such a great character. At first you think he's just a decent bloke who happens to be a vampire, and he helps out the good guys. But then...Cassidy doesn't turn out to be "evil" but he does turn out to be a total shit with only his own best interest at heart, damn the consequences. I can't help but think that Buffy's Spike was modeled after him. Anyway, the uplifting character arc is Cassidy's, whereas with Jesse, Ennis started out with a good idea, but didn't know what to do with him. So by the end, I don't feel that Jesse changes or learns anything. Though the HBO series would have been cool, I don't think all the stories are essential, and I think it could be made into a decent picture. It will just have totally different pacing. And I totally second the notion of a Hellblazer series that's British and removes the memory of the Keanu Reeves crapfest (okay, it wasn't a terrible movie, but it wasn't Constantine). And an Invisibles series? Never happen. At least not in this country. Maybe in England or Scotland, like they had originally planned. Hell, I'm up for any Vertigo title at this point. The superheroes have had their day - it's time for something more interesting. How about a Swamp Thing remake that adapts Alan Moore's stuff and not the Len Wein stuff? Sandman animated, but for adults?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    MC-909

    by ScotFree

    You're wrong, Sonny Chiba playing Strawberry Shortcake is a great idea. :D Actually, I'd like to get drunk or stoned and watch a movie like that. On topic, I really hope this works. I love Sam Mendes' work, but this needs more than one film. They should have gone the 'Song of Ice and Fire' route and put this on HBO after all. It's the only chance the thing has to do justice to the original work.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    So Happy!!!

    by pr1c3y

    I know this might not get justice but Road To Perdition was a comic book movie and look at that. If anybody can capture Preacher's spirit it's Mendes! Colin Farrell for Cassidy!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I can't believe ANY of you want Mendes to do this

    by slone13

    <p>American Beauty was nothing but an overrated pretentious bore. Why would the director of Road to Perdition (or Jarhead for that matter) be a good fit for the extremely dark and disturbing humor of Ennis?</p> <p>And what characters are going to need to be excised to get this ANYWHERE near 3 hours? Assface? Saint of All Killers? Jody and TC? Jesse's Mom? The meat fucking guy? Featherstone? The All Father? All of the above?</p> <p>What story arcs will need to be completely eliminated to get this story truncated into a 3 hour movie? Cassidy and Tulip's relationship? The gay detectives? Jesse's back story? Casssidy's origin? The New Orleans voodoo stuff? All of the above?</p> <p>75 issues into a 2 or 3 hour movie? This will be a complete and utter abomination.</p>

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Areseface says:

    by toshiro-solo

    Ths muvuh wuh nuh wuhk. Uh's tuh muh sturuh fuh uhn muvuh. Muhbuh uh tuhluhguh?

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck this...

    by blindambition238

    Unless they're making a really series of movie out of this thing, its gonna be really shit. <p> Also, while Mark Steven Johnson seems like a pretty mediocre director, he at least had the right ideas when he was working to produce this thing on HBO. <p> Remember the news from last year about Cronenberg and Verenhoven being approached to direct episodes?

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I'm with MC-909, Paul Rudd????

    by crazybubba

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    paul rudd makes as much as sense as hugh jackman

    by crazybubba

    as wolverine. when will people learn that being a good actor doesn't automatically mean you'll be a good action or comic book movie star.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Patrick Stewart for Starr! And yes, I'm basing that

    by blindambition238

    ... on the fact that he's bald. <p> But mostly because, well don't you wish you could see Capt. Picard/ or Professor X get their balls chewed off by a rottweiler, sodomized in an alley, a leg eaten off by cannibals, and run around with a penis etched on their head? All while shouting every profanity in the book...

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    anyone else find it pretty sad?

    by The Amazing G

    how ten years later this movie has still not been made? also I was looking forward to the HBO version :(