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Joe Carnahan Lobbies For The PREACHER Gig!

Beaks here...

Once, it was going to be a movie directed by Rachel Talalay. Then it was going to be an HBO series produced by DAREDEVIL maestro Mark Steven Johnson. Then it was going to be a movie again, this time directed by Sam Mendes. Now, it's an open assignment. And Joe Carnahan wants it. Though it was just an off-the-cuff remark to SuperHeroHype's Ed Douglas, Carnahan's fervent interest in transferring Garth Ennis's graphic novel PREACHER to the big screen could be just the thing to get this project a greenlight - especially if THE A-TEAM opens to big business this weekend. Of all the directors who've flirted with PREACHER, Carnahan is the first who strikes me as well-suited to tackling this very funny and deeply sacrilegious material. Here's what he had to say to SuperHeroHype...
"I'm kind of desperate to do another comic book adaptation," he told us. "And the other thing I'm really keen on or interested in is 'Preacher' because I'm a big Garth Ennis fan and I love that series and that's out there, and that might be something… I really love that. You gotta do the Allfather (D'Aronique) and all that crazy sh*t and I haven't seen a script and I don't know what it is, but yeah, we'll see. Who knows?"
Neal Moritz told Collider two months ago that he was in talks with a director to take over for the recently vacated Mendes. Judging from Carnahan's comments, he wasn't that unnamed director, but if Moritz is still mulling his options, he could do a lot worse than take a meeting with Joe. The current draft of PREACHER is by John August. According to Moritz, the plan is to get the film before cameras in 2011.

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  • June 8, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    preacher is great but

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    would work better on pay cable

  • June 8, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by terrificwriter

  • June 8, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    First biotches

    by ilander66

  • June 8, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by terrificwriter

    Not first!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Damn people are fast curse you iPhone

    by ilander66

  • June 8, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I'm not feeling it.

    by Nice Marmot

    Not hating it. Not loving it. For some reason I was more excited for Mendes, who's a fucking prick, taking it on. I so wish it could be a cable series instead of movies. . .

  • June 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    What happened to Mendes?

    by moorE12

  • June 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hex performance may affect this project.

    by fiester

    Although Preacher is far superior source material, the fact that it's a comic book with a western setting may affect studio desire to produce this movie--which I don't think is especially good news for Preacher fans since Hex looks like a dog.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    the only reason I posted was to stop you assholes

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    feels great. Clancy Brown for Herr Starr.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Bruce of all Trades

    Just no

  • June 8, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Jody Hill is also well suited for ANY Ennis

    by JackSlater4

  • June 8, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by SpunkyMonkeyCream

  • June 8, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Id rather they just filmed

    by thatfilmlover

    Gone to Texas, then try and cram in 9 graphic novels worth of story. Leave all the Jesus-Son-stuff out thank you.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    This doesn't work...

    by lovecraftian

    The HBO series is the only way to go with this story. A film is just not going to cut it. (No pun intended.) There's a lot of story there and chopping it to fit two hours, (I don't see them doing three)really heralds poor plot structure, poor character development or both. Any shortfalls in those areas will unravel the very things that made it such a hit in the first place making marketing it to a mass audience moot. (Alliteration also unintended.)

  • June 8, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker HARRYIZAFAGGOT is no longer with us...

    by SpunkyMonkeyCream

    he was killed via ban.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp For Preacher, Colin Farrell For Cassidy!

    by pr1c3y

    You know that shit would rock if it was a Rodriguez/Miller esque adaption!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Hey, I was FIRST . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . to actually discuss the topic at hand!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I worry when it takes a long time to get a project going

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Somehow it feels like the sense it it being "meant to be" gets way diluted. If the final result is good, then cool, but along the way it just feels like it becomes more of an Effort with a capital "E" and less of a natural thing. That aside I never even properly READ this story and I'd like to see it made!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Jody Hill? Absolutely not.

    by mrgray

    Nothing in his ouvre shows me that the man has an eye. And Preacher needs an eye. As well, Hill's characters tend to be deplorable human beings and Jesse Cutler is very sympathetic, some would say heroic.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    lovecraftian, having read the script

    by mrgray

    Yeah, it's kinda messy. John August does his game best, and to be fair it was a first draft that I read, but man it's rough.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Jesse Cutler is very sympathetic, some would say heroic"

    by Meglos

    The same could be said for Jesse Custer.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    damnit shit

    by MC-909

    Keep Carnahan away from this. "Smokin' Aces" proved he doesn't know how to handle a "big" story. And a big NO to Jody Hill as well. <p> Sam Mendes would have been great. Though neither one would probably do it, Darabont and Tarantino would be my other two top choices. Hell, what about Tony Scott?

  • June 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Jesse CUSTER slaughtered his congregation in church

    by JackSlater4

    He walks around drinking, smoking, fucking and beating ass while hunting God and still wearing his collar.<P> Jody Hill would be perfect for any Garth Ennis adaptation because he excels at deplorable hero characters, black comedy, and has proven he could do action.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I would also happily accept

    by JackSlater4

    David Gordon Green, with James Franco in the lead role.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Carnahan's not bad...

    by Lemure_v2

    but what about Werner Herzog!!!??? I know I say his name for every upcoming film but I don't believe there's a genre he couldn't do wonders with. Imagine him taking on the Batman gig! Hell, what if Marvel gave him Avengers? Yep, Herzog can do ANYTHING justice.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by TheGoon6

    Of course an HBO series would be the optimal choice, but a series, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter style wouldn't be a half bad idea. And Western setting? What the fuck are you talking about? Are you trying to say the Saint of Killers character existing makes it a western? lol

  • June 8, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    January Jones for Tulip

    by JackSlater4

  • June 8, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    As Much...

    by MakNeil

    As much as I dig Garth Ennis, shouldn't we let go of this Preacher fetish and instead do a movie version of Shade, The Changing Man or at least a version of Hellblazer that doesn't have Keanu Reeves (and resembles the comic).

  • June 8, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I wish

    by Faggoteer

    David Fincher was directing.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Michael Fassbender tapped for Spider-Man villain&Magneto

    by Bruce of all Trades

    get the fuck on it, AICN

  • June 8, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Dieter Laser for Herr Starr

    by JackSlater4

  • June 8, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Controversy does not sell at the Box Office

    by beastie

    Dogma, Showgirls, Kick-Ass, Watchmen, The Golden Compass and many others underperformed. The American people don't seem to show up in drones to any film with controversy surrounding it, whether it has good reviews or bad.</P><p>Somone else mentioned pay-cable, and that might work.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    The movie is coming out in THREE DAYS and there is almost ZERO fucking reviews. Time for NARC 2 : Who's that Narcing at my Door

  • June 8, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    That weird preacher/criminal from Justified...

    by Lashlarue

    would be my choice. :)<p>

  • June 8, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Rachel Talalay WTF ?!?!?!!?!!?

    by darktowerjunkie

    Thank God that never materialized.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    What it would take and why it won't work.

    by jsarnold513

    The only way that this could really work would be a planned film series, like what they've done with the Harry Potter films. There's just too much there and if you cut out a backstory here or a big chunk of the story there, you're just going to butcher the whole thing. They need to commit to at least 5-7 films if they're going to do this right. <p> Also, the studio would have to commit to a hard 'R' rating if they want to capture the essence of what made the graphic novels so good. With Watchmen disappointing people a few years ago, I doubt that anybody would want to go past PG13 for material like this, especially if it's going to be a big series. <p> Even with an R rating, the religious criticism, absurd sex, black humor, etc. would all make this thing radioactive at the box office and a major PR nightmare. That's one of the reasons that HBO gave for passing on the show a few years ago when James Marsden was attached as Jesse. <p> I'm thinking, at best, if Preacher ever gets adapted, we'll get something that looks and feels a hell of a lot like the new Jonah Hex movie. I'd rather not bother with that.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Clancy Brown as GOT to be Herr Starr

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Every time I read it, I hear his voice. Especially MOVING WALKWAY. MOVING FUCKING WALKWAY.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Oh and if Katee Sackoff doesn't play Tulip

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    someone fucked up pretty big

  • June 8, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by SkeletonParty

    I love beign frest.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Freddy's Dead is a fucking TERRIBLE movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Has to be cable or it will fail.

    by CartoonFanboy

    The only way something this big will work is on a channel like HBO, but since they balked on the project it would be best to leave it alone. Same goes for Y the last man.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Like this will ever happen.

    by Tandemar

    There's 75 issues to this damn thing and it's pretty overhyped to be truthful. Just because a cmoic is filled with violence, profanity and heavy anti-religious commentary doesn't necessarily make it a classic. Nor does it warrant turning into a movie, because basically the only people truly interested in the subject matter will have read the damn thing and then spend the next christ knows how many years whining about how the movie missed the target and how their favourite parts were excluded. I mean we've still got the fucking treehuggers bleating on about the exclusion of Tom Fucking Bombadil from the Bloody Lord of the Rings. And anything that inspired Stephen King to write his ponderous, painful and totally useless Dark Tower series isn't something we should be championing.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Pay cable has to be the route

    by jsarnold513

    A few years ago, a series was in development for HBO. James Marsden was attached to play Jesse and was really excited after reading the series. They were going to go for 5-6 seasons and make each comic into its own episode, plus bring in Ennis to help write some new stuff. HBO passed on the show because they were afraid of backlash over the religious overtones, sex, and violence. <p> When you really piss on Christianity like Preacher does, you are going to offend a large, vocal chunk of your viewers, and get tons of headaches for it, including death threats and possibly even lunatics trying to kill you. <p> The only way that Preacher will ever get adapted is if an HBO or Showtime decides to suck it up and do the show. The initial controversy would actually draw viewers in, and after a season or two it would fade away. But you've got to have the balls to actually stick with it through that shitstorm. Few networks and network execs do. <p> A watered-down, PG13, 2 hour film adaptation (or three) of Preacher would be an embarrassment.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    75 Issues... only if you count spinoffs.

    by jsarnold513

    IIRC, the actual run of the series was 66 issues. There were a few miniseries that could be summed up in short segments in a film, too. <p> Yeah, the books drag a bit at times, especially near the end when Jesse's sherrif of Salvation, but it's a damn good ride with soem great characters.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    They can make it controversial as long as they

    by JackSlater4

    control the budget. This does not need to be a 100 million movie.<P> They should make it a trilogy with a total budget of 100 million for the 3.<P> Watchmen made 185 worldwide, Kick-Ass made 95, Wanted made 341, Constantine made 230, Blade made 131. That's an average of 196, so 100 million for a trilogy and they could make it back on the first movie, and market the hell out of the other 2.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    No way will Carnahan direct

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    If A-Team is half as bad as it looks. The only trailers for a Summer movie that look worse right now are for Jonah Hex. A-Team just looks absolutely awful, and I think Carnahan directing Preacher is like a few months back when they said Logan Lerman was a lock to play the new Spider-Man. Then Percy Jackson came out and failed. Then he was no longer in the running. Same thing will happen with Carnahan after A-Team drops like a stone.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I have an original idea...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...How about hiring a GOOD director to helm Preacher?

  • June 8, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Rob Bowman should direct this

    by palimpsest

    Best widescreen composition in the movies this side of early Carpenter.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Y The Last Man

    by Atrayou

  • June 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Preacher needs to be a series...

    by Roketopunch

    A mini series on HBO. I would cry if it was only a 2 and a half hour movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Rob Bowman?

    by JackSlater4

    Elektra? Reign of Fire?<P> No thanks. He should probably stick to TV.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    by smaugchow

    They should avoid this comic. It's too hard for any filmed media and if they neuter it for the masses it will be a completely different thing.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Where's my Dark Tower movie

    by quicksilver80

    bring it on

  • June 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Carnahan is a good choice, and a series of films

    by MAD_MIKE

    for HBO would be the way to go. <P> Also, I wouldn't mind seeing Katey Sacoff as Tulip. <P> Maybe James Macavoy as Jessie Custer <P> for Cassidy, there is this actor from the Show Primeval. don't know his name, but he has red hair, long chops and gets bitten by a rabid Dodo bird. He would be a good pick. <P> As for Herr Star, Clancy Brown is not the right choice. <P> I think a much better choice would be Christof Walz from Inglorious Bastards. He could play the character completely serious and overbearing all while still letting his Tragic outcome make us all laugh ourselves silly. <P> I have been waiting forever for a Preacher film, and this guy is probably the best choice yet.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Reign of Fire wasn't that bad...

    by quicksilver80

    just sayin

  • June 8, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Should be a TV series

    by IAmLegolas

    directed by David Lynch

  • June 8, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Dogma, Showgirls, Kick-Ass, Watchmen

    by blunted666

    These movies all made money in the long-run via home video. There are a world of movies out there that never made their own budget back, and no one ever talks about or cares about. I think you do good cult films a disservice by assuming large studios don't appreciate the money they've made off of these types of movies where they have not given the filmmakers a huge budget, yet in the long run these titles proved that with a little ingenuity you can turn a profit.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    My above post was meant for beastie

    by blunted666

  • June 8, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    It'll probably go to Ratner...

    by kravmaguffin

    Oh man I don't think I should of said that, studio execs could be reading I take it back, I'd rather see zombie Ed Wood direct this. psi

  • June 8, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    by blunted666

    except for kick-ass of course, which is not out yet on video. I just know some assinine fuck was going to correct that

  • June 8, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    The Saint of Killers...

    by quicksilver80

    I've always pictured James Cromwell for that part...don't know why

  • June 8, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Jason Flemyng or Doug Henshall

    by palimpsest

    One of them's your Cassidy.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    REIGN OF FIRE is fine

    by palimpsest

    it just wasn't the movie the poster promised. ELEKTRA ain't much, but Bowman's a genuine talent. Go back and look at the first X FILES movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    "Depp for Jesse Custer"

    by ebonic_plague

    Look, I like Depp, but for Custer? Please god no. Jesse Custer is a man's man, who prefers to solve problems with his wits, his glare, and his fists, before resorting to The Word. Johnny Depp is a good actor and a good looking guy (and yes I'm aware that Fabry based his look of Custer on Depp for many of his covers) but he is NOT a steel-balled badass like Custer needs to be. Depp would actually be better suited to Cassidy, but I don't want to see that either. There aren't many actors who could pull off Jesse Custer, but unfortunately the one I would choose is already playing a variation of the same character on TV, specifically Tim Olyphant as Raylan Givens on Justified. Put him in a preacher's collar and he'd be perfect. Jesse HAS to be someone who can give you a look that would tell you he could kick your ass, and then physically back it up. Depp, Franco, and Farrell are too pretty-boy, IMO. <p> And I'm not opposed to the idea of Clancy Brown as Starr (just because Brown is AWESOME in everything), but he's almost TOO physically imposing... remember, Starr only passed unarmed combat training by shooting his instructor ("I intend to never BE disarmed.") A Starr/Custer fist fight between Brown and Depp or Franco would be a bad joke. I always pictured Alan Rickman, or John Malkovich, as Starr... someone with cold intelligence behind his eyes, but who would stand no chance in a real fight. <p> However, Katee Sackhoff as Tulip is the best casting idea I've yet heard for Preacher. That needs to happen. Good job, whoever suggested that.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I would go thematic with a movie adaptation

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Aside from all the offensive elements, it's a saga with nice characterization and certain things probably won't work in live action- film or cable series. Really, I'd be happy with Preacher versus Twilight. Is it just me or do the vampires and werewolves in that comes across as the sort of weirdos Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy kept running into?

  • June 8, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Depp is 15-20 years too old to play Custer

    by JackSlater4

    Other than that he would have been great.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    HBO really pissed me off

    by JackSlater4

    When they passed on Preacher because it was "too much", and since then we've seen 2 blood soaked seasons of gay vampire cock-sucking, orgy filled, drug fueled, crazy christian bashing True Blood.<P> I don't mind that show, but everyone time I watch it, it feels like HBO is laughing/pissing in my face a little bit.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Carnahan directing a Preacher movie would be just a little bette

    by Bruce of all Trades

    ...than Louis Leterrier directing Y: The Last Man... which would fucking SUCK.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I disagree, Jackslater4

    by ebonic_plague

    In my opinion (obviously), Depp, like Dicaprio, always has and still does look like a boy playing dress-up in his father's clothes when he does movies like Public Enemies (or Shutter Island, in Leo's case) where he's supposed to be a tough guy. Custer needs to be way more rugged than that. Olyphant could do it, though I used to think that the guy who played Lt. Spears in Band of Brothers could be good in the role. Not anymore, though, I saw him on some CW show the other day and he got kinda flabby. It's going to be a very hard role to cast properly. Same with John Custer.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Depp playing a 25 year old though?

    by JackSlater4

  • June 8, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Preacher is not great

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I don't even mind the blasphemy of it all. It just becomes some of the worst shit you've ever read right in the middle. The first couple of volumes are pretty good, but the rest is just god awful.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Pauly Walnuts beats an elderly woman to death to get the money in her mattress!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Al Pacino plays convicted murderer, Jack Kavorkian!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    At whatever age, JS4...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...Depp does not look credible as a guy who could beat a huge redneck to death with his bare hands. IMHO. Neither do James Franco or (ugh) James McAvoy.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    A child molester and a hero from hell in the new hit cartoon, Spawn!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    George Carlin repeatedly uses every dirty word in the language for his 50th HBO special!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    More orgies in Rome!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Ralphy beats a pregnant stripper to death!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Lots of gay sex in Six Feet Under!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Samantha's 9 inch pubes!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Joe Carnahan Lobbies For The LUNCH TRUCK gig On the set of PREAC

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    There,I fixed your title.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Bill Maher slams religion. Again!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I only read the first two TPBs...

    by blackwood

    ...but I thought it was pretty great and deliciously fucked up. Ages ago, though, when I was much teenagier than I am now, so I don't know if it holds up. Arseface was unpleasant.<p>For some reason apropos of nothing I feel like the success of JONAH HEX might tell how a PREACHER flick would play.<p>I would just rather a SANDMAN film, to be honest.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Real Sex 92!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Carnivale got canceled= Preacher wouldve too

    by liljuniorbrown

    I'm thinking Supernatural is the nearest to Preacher i'll get on any tv.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Look, no offense to Carnivale fans

    by JackSlater4

    But it got cancelled because it was boring.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Tween crack dealers on an all new The Wire!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Tonight on not that funny

  • June 8, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    blackwood re: Sandman movie

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    a Sandman film? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Can't be done right! I always said that only Miyazaki could do it 10 parts....over 20 years....

  • June 8, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Okay. AKA_Gern_Blanston, I'll stop then, thanks.

    by JackSlater4

  • June 8, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Tonight on HBO!

    by JackSlater4

    Outrage, the controversial documentary that purports to expose the private lives of politicians who work against gay rights in public but lead homosexual lives in private!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    OK, THAT was funny!

    by ebonic_plague

    Tonight on AICN! Trolls a-trollin, flames a-flamin!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    He looks like Swayze...get Swayze to do it!

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    oh wait..

  • June 8, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Has Billy Bob Thornton: Custer

    by palimpsest

    Or, for a younger generation, Michael Fassbender.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey for Custer

    by thatfilmlover

    is a fantastic shout, GREAT suggestion, kudos to you sir.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by ominus

    Guys a video which looks like a trailer from the rebooted MK movie has just been released.but i dont know,it might even be a fan made video because there is no info about the movie in IMDB.BUT it has Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade and Michael Jai White as Jackson Briggs aka JAX in the video.It looks that they are going for the serious/adult/r-rated route.check it out:<br /><p>check it out.if it is indeed a trailer i hope AICN will post it.<br /><p>

  • June 8, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    McConaughey is a wasted opportunity

    by palimpsest

    No disrespect etc, but fifteen years he could have been great, but he went the shirt-off doofus route. He can act (and might have made an intriguing Bruce Wayne once) but he's pissed any kudos away. Maybe he'll claw some back. The likes of Downey Jr and Rourke at least had tales of redemption to tell; Matthew's like a slightly less well-nourished and better mannered Val Kilmer; a vague smile of past recognition, then nothing...

  • cool though.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by thatfilmlover

    I'm not sure what the story is with him, besides he just decided to take it easy and not take challenging roles, but i WANT to believe he's just not getting sent challenging and good material. The guy has proven time and time again that he's a bag of charisma and I'd to see him in such dark material as Preacher.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    McConaughey is too old!

    by JackSlater4

    And too fucking blond!

  • June 8, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Cassidy film based on story in DIXIE FRIED

    by riskebiz

    I would be seriously interested in a Cassidy solo film that is based on his adventure in New Orleans with a fellow vampire. Seriously funny and perfect blueprint for a movie. I'd love Ewan MacGregor as Cassidy in that flick. Some Producer out there ought to make his way to a comic book shop and pick up the story and realize a goldmine. It can work as a prequel or sequel to Preacher.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Jdigz

    Cmon, you know Im right.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah, riskebiz...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...A Cassidy flick based on that 1-shot would be great, just tweak it a little to change the other vamp from a goth to more of an emo "Twilight" type. LOVED Cassidy's line (paraphrasing here), "I spend years thinking I'm the only vampire and when I finally meet another one... he's a bloody wanker!"

  • June 8, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Depp could've done it 10. 15 years ago...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...when he wasn't yet stuck in his silly, mugging for the camera and doing stupid impression-mashups of various pop stars and better actors. But today... not so much.

  • Why not a series? Hasn't anyone been watching Supernatural on the friggin WB?!? If people are worried about the religious overtones, they need to reevaluate their fears. SPOILERS....Supernatural, a show on BROADCAST TV just got done with a storyline where Angels and Demons both were destroying the earth, AND GOD ABANDONED us. Now I know Preacher goes one step farther, but it would be on cable. As far as casting, too bad Tim Olyphant is already tied to justified, he would be a great Preacher, Sarah Carter as Tulip, Giuseppe Andrews as Cassidy...

  • June 8, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    This should be HBO, END OF STORY!

    by runawayboulder

  • June 8, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    *on* HBO

    by runawayboulder

  • June 8, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Olyphant Hardy

    by Katet19

    Timothy Olyphant is playing Jesse Custer right now, Tough smooth southern guy who at one point has to return to a home town he loathes. Tom Hardy as Cassidy his crazed energy in Bronson and Rock n rolla is fantastic.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    No Mortal Kombat TB yet?

    by jaysin420

    I'm not even a big fan but it looks decent.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "desperate to do another comic book adaptation"

    by Baryonyx

    So what was Joe's first comic book adaptation?

  • June 8, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat

    by Katet19

    Not a movie promo it's footage to drum up interest in the new next gen mortal kombat game at E3

  • June 8, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Sisto is Jesse Custer

    by Valmont12

    I'm just sayin...

  • June 8, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Anyone else think...

    by fiester

    That the HBO executives who greenlight/generate new programming resenled the Sex and The City old ladies and their mincing homosexual gay man-pets? It's like the entire network is being programmed by this group of people. Whatever happened to the people that got The Sopranos on the channel? Did they get fired or move on to AMC or something? It's really pathetic right now, the depths that HB-hOpeless has sunk. You can bet your ass that if it wasn't for Will Ferral's pull something like "Eastbound and Down" never would have been approved by the suits (or should I say skirts?) at what was once the crown jewel of premium channels.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Sisto?

    by TedKordLives

    Ugh. He got out-acted by his own severed prop head in 'Dead & Breakfast'.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    will NOT work as HBO serial

    by rasALclart

    knowing the outcome would make it pointless. Hardly gonna be going 'ooh, where's this going?'. Adapt the fucker, the comic exists, dont need to create a carbon copy. Will take real skill to create something new and decent out of all that quality material, dont just follow the watchmen route of bland replication.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I can picture Clancy Brown

    by clupula

    as the Saint of Killers. Not as Starr, though. Starr is not supposed to look like he can kick your ass.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Those cult films are great and eventually made profit, but...

    by beastie

    ... you rarely see a sequel to one of them because, in my eyes, the studios rarely look at the long run.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    way to miss the point, Slater

    by mrgray

    Jesse *accidentally* kills his congregation when the Genesis creature lands in his church. And he was most certainly sorry for what happened. Hill characters are unrepentant in their assholery. Jesse hunts down God because he believes that God has forsaken humanity. That may be blasphemous, but it's honorable. Hill characters don't give a shit about being honorable. They are selfish, deluded, horrible human beings. And what action did Hill direct that tells you he'd be remotely qualified for Preacher?

  • June 8, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    HBO can do this series and Showtime can answer

    by beefywhore

    with a Planetary series.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    should have been rufus sewell

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    on HBO, ten years ago. <P> Can they not see that it just won't work as a movie?

  • June 8, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    As long as Willie Nelson does the soundtrack

    by OutsideChance

    "Time of the Preacher" over the opening credits. "My Heroes have always been cowboys" over the close.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Someone talk Eastwood...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...into playing The Saint of Killers. That is all.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    More on the "Mortal Kombat" movie trailer

    by Mike_D They're speculating its a test for an R-rated Mortal Kombat movie. It's not fan made thats for damn sure.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Clancy Brown is the Saint of Killers

    by Nachokoolaid

    Not Herr Starr. Starr should be intellectual and cerebral. I really liked the Christoph Waltz suggestion. A long time ago, I suggested Liam Neeson or Gary Oldman. <p> I've been championing Brown as the Saint since Talalay had the project. <p> I really think Elizabeth Banks is the best bet for Tulip. And I never thought about Tom Hardy as Cassidy, but that doesn't sound half bad. <p> The real challenge is finding someone that can handle the tour de force of the acting job that is the character Jesse Custer. A long time ago I suggested an up and comer you might have heard of named Heath Ledger, but that's obvious not happening anymore. Check out a lot of my old school casting choices AICN's own Zone here (without spaces): <p> <p> or here: <p>

  • June 8, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I expected more posts on this one

    by Jaka

    Interesting, to me anyway. <P>I'd like to see this done as a series so they could linger and/or hurry things up whenever needed. As a movie, or movies, they'll have to make hard, permanent decisions about what stays and what goes, as well as what particular tone they want to use. With a series they can take more time to flesh that out and let what feels best work itself out naturally.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    As you can tell

    by Nachokoolaid

    I'm very passionate about PREACHER. It's my all time favorite graphic novel. I started reading it from the beginning when I saw an article about it in WIZARD magazine (remember when that didn't suck!?) <p> Anyway, one of the most crushing things for me, personally, would be have them butcher this. I've always been in the "this has to be an HBO mini series a la BAND OF BROTHERS" camp, but I'd take some well-made films. Plural. That tell the whole story. Not one film that butchers it and abandons it.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman for Herr Starr.

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

  • June 8, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    The comic doesn't sustain its length

    by Gidney

    It's like they gave Ennis too much liberty to jack off and that's what he did rather than tighten the plot or move along the interesting characters he developed. All the love for Preacher sounds like a bunch of teenagers who giggle at every Ennis ass-rape joke and resent Supernatural because it tells a bit of the story with more elan and without using the word "fuck" once.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Clancy Brown as Saint of Killers = inspired casting

    by blakindigo

    Carnahan has talent. Rob Bowman is also a good choice (make sure the script is great and he'd be excellent).

  • June 8, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I cannot believe that we are not talking Humperdidoo

    by jimbojones123

    Casting. Seriously, there are hundreds if not thousands of posts waiting to debate this. Tom Cruise. The guy from The New Kid. Sean William Scott. Eli Stone. Any of the Hobbits. The Sarah Conner Chronicles kid. The glow in the dark kid from Sky High. Will Stronghold from Sky High. Shia LaBoof. The kid that was The Flash on Smallville. The kid that was Young Bruce Banner in Ang Lee's HULK that died on Everwood. Dwight Schrute. McLovin'. All these people have that slightly mentally challenged look to them.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Who should play Arseface?

    by elBox

    I second Gary Oldman as Starr but the best role by far is Cassidy. I just hope they give it to somebody with charisma and not that no talent Irish clown Colin Farrel.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy as Cassidy

    by Nachokoolaid

    Arseface really doesn't matter under all the prosthetics. Could be anyone.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    This is never getting made

    by Youth_N_Asia

    The book is my favorite comic ever. But it's just never going to happen.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Michael Cera as Arseface?

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    I know a lot of people would like like to see him screw up shooting himself in the face.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    My cock is in the bitch's mouth.

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    And not in a good way. Clancy Brown would definitely bring presence to the Saint of Killers.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    (I realize Herr Starr said that, not SOK.)

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    Still a great quote.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    From Narc to The A-Team

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Kind of unbelievable actually.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I'd get Martin McDonagh to direct.

    by 11dayempire

    Watch In Bruges and Six Shooter, he's got the right sensibility for the project. And he could get Farrell on board as Cassidy. Depp is no-brainer casting for Custer, but he's fully booked for the next few years on shite Disney projects.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

    Carnivale was amazing hbo fucked that show off because of high production cost and the fact it wasn't bringing in sopranos ratings.that show is still my favorite television of all time.i just heard about this last week in another tb.i want to check it out of my thoughts was if this does greenlit will it suffer a simular fate as carnivale.and anything envolving clancy brown is a good thing

  • June 9, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Ralph Fiennes as Herr Starr

    by thatfilmlover

    that is all.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Fincher Director

    by Damien Chowder

  • June 9, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    McLovin for Jesus inbred. Humperdidoo!

    by Damien Chowder

  • June 9, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    AMC Original Series

    by DangerDave

    This has to be an episodical series and has to be on cable with all the Arseface and heads exploding. A 2 hour, PG-13 movie can't hold it.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey

    by buggerbugger

    ...should always appear as the character he portrayed in 'Reign of Fire', especially if he's the male lead in a romantic comedy.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    A bald John C. McGinley as Herr Starr...

    by spud mcspud

    ...You KNOW this to be true.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    "That's what we NEEEEEEED!!"<P> McConaughey may NEVER be that masculine again. He's imbibed too much oestrogen from Kate Hudson by osmosis...

  • June 9, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Who plays the sex detectives?

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

  • June 9, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Saint of Killers

    by Grendy

    I'd like to see James Purefoy as the SoK. He's 46 and is a good solid dude. Or Ray Stevenson. He's got grizzled down well.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Sean Faris IS Jesse Custer


    Sean Faris was the lead in "Never Back Down" (2008). Right age. Right look. Right attitude. The guy was even born in Texas.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Lance Henrikson as Saint of Killers

    by BanditDarville

    Should be the first offered, period. I was thinking that watching him in Appaloosa last night. Walton Goggins, who is currently kicking ass as Boyd Crowder on Justified, would make a great Jesse.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Preacher MUST go to HBO

    by Mariusz

    Anything else is a complete waste of time and 100% pure cocksuckery.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

    Bob Hoskins and Bruce Spence. About perfect, I think.

  • June 10, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Whatever happened to "Killing Pablo?" Personally, I thought The Preacher series was a turd. DaVinci Code meets Jonah Hexish... with some other horseshit. I'd personally go with something like "100 Bullets."

  • June 10, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    One thing that keeps annoying me...

    by SunTzu77

    Seems like everyone in our industry feels safe contorting... twisting... Christian theology (which various aspects not all Christians believe... for instance Catholicism... Eastern Orthodox... or the Sola Scriptura crowd) for the sake of a good story. Why won't Comedy Central or Hollywood producers get edgy and make The Preacher possessed by Muhammad... he goes around screwing 9 year olds, etc. Oh, that's right... studio heads may literally "worry" about their heads and their cars blowing up. Let them take the easy target... Christianity. The worse they will do it boycott it.