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D.J. Caruso in Talks to Direct PREACHER?

Published at: Feb. 15, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

 

Nordling here.
 
Our friends at Slashfilm put out a story yesterday that, dependent on the box office of I AM NUMBER FOUR, it's quite possible that D. J. Caruso may direct a film adaptation of Garth Ennis's comic series PREACHER.  PREACHER concerns one man angry at God for abandoning His creation, so he hits the road with a punker vampire and hitwoman/girlfriend to find Him. Along the way he gains the power of God's Voice, which commands those who hear it to do Preacher's bidding, no matter what.  The comic's ultraviolent, funny as hell, and the end is actually very powerful.  It's a really terrific comic and I'd imagine it would be very difficult to adapt.  It's going to offend someone, and it's supposed to.  It wouldn't work otherwise.
 
My review of I AM NUMBER FOUR will be out on Friday, so all I'll say is this - PREACHER has to be all or nothing.  It's irreverent but still pretty epic in scope and to use a trite expression, you can't cut corners.  PREACHER deals with subject matter that no matter how gracefully handled is bound to piss a large amount of people off.  But if a director is willing to risk it, they can create something special, thought-provoking, and with some truly great moments.  It won't be an easy job juggling all that.  If Caruso is in the running, I hope he's up to the controversial nature of the work, which for it to succeed can't be sugar-coated.  It's a mean and brutal story and it should stay that way.
 
Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    And this too, shall not come to pass...

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Once the HBO miniseries got the kibosh, I lost hope in any iteration of this actually being developed to fruition.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    If they did all the supernatural elements in CGI

    by V'Shael

    and kept some of the more ridiculous / comic elements out of it, it could work. <p> I mean, the whole thing with endlessly repetitive attacks on one mans groin... that could go. <p> The amnesia arc and the meat-lover.. also go.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    please no shia

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia please no shia

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    John August wrote a script for Mendes. Maybe same one?

    by gautsid

    Not a fan of either, but I'd rather have Caruso than Sam Mendes... If Caruso does get it, it'll at least have a sizable budget and possibly Spielberg's blessing

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I AM Number 0!

    by MainMan2001

    Please have this director go to director's jail. He shouldn't be allowed to director any movies any more. I saw the trailer for I AM Number BULLSHIT when I went to see Social Network way back and everyone in the audience laughed out loud as if it were a comedy. Then, last night I was on IMDB and they have a 1 minute clip and I shit you not within that time frame the film manages to ripe out 5 or 6 different films in 1 MINUTE!!!! ARE you fucking kidding me?! And I was completely shocked to hear that James Fray wrote this piece of garbage until I realized his probably doing it as a joke.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Way too dark/niche to be successful

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Very interesting source material. With the right director, it could be great. But, I'm sure they would end up softening it up considerably. Somehow I don't see a mainstream film reveling in priest sodomy, fetish sex parties, or guys cutting off their own dicks and shoving them up their ass after being told (in the voice of God) to "go fuck themselves." And for some reason I could almost picture a strung out Ewan McGregor as Cassidy.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Why do the "Numbers" have to be killed in numerical order???

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Seems like they'd be sure to get them all if they did in in random order. You know. so they'd have no heads up? "Oh, they're killing us, but the just wacked Number 3 and I'm Number 3456, plenty of time to get scarce." Even my 12 year old niece stumbled on this little (MAJOR!) logical flaw in the apparent plot.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    2 hour movie will never do it justice

    by DangerDave

    It needs to be an series. I know that years ago people were screaming for HBO to do it, but their balls have droppped off. I would be inclined to say AMC can do this, but they still can not go to the limits that the books need. I would rather not see it done than see it done poorly.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I remember enjoying the comic

    by konkrete590

    What was the sheriff's son's name? Buttface?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I'm a Christian...

    by MemBirdman

    And I want to see Preacher get made. Some allusions to the Phelps family would probably help the matter go down easier, though.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    @ konkrete590

    by DangerDave

    Arseface

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    @membirdman

    by DangerDave

    They would never use the WBC as a reference....because they are all lawyers that make a living by suing people that slander them. Would make for a great insert, because those people are about as fucked up as most of the stuff in Preacher.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I 2nd the 'please no shia'

    by Rebel Scumb

    Although Preacher would work much better as a 7 season HBO show than as a film. I still can't get over how (on a whole) low the amount of good theatrical movies there are lately, and how high the quantity of great television there is nowadays. 10 years ago it was the complete opposite.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I'm tired of trolls here...

    by Andrew Coleman

    "Why do they have to kill them in order?". Why does any mystical shit happen in any movie? Maybe the alien race or whatever those things may be are chasing them down because they are OCD and have to do it in that order. Who the fuck cares? Nit picky bull shit like that pisses me off. You can nitpick every movie ever made and never enjoy yourself. I judge things you know after I see the film not before it. Oh another thing can you guys drop this "When I was in the movie theater everyone laughed at the trailer". We've heard that about so many movies here now. No one believes you don't try and use fake audiences to prove you think something sucks. You're probably pissed because you wrote a horrible screenplay just like that film and now you think you're "vision" will never be seen. You hate movies like this go out and support small movies, unless you're just full of shit. When it comes to Preacher I'd rather they not even try because movie studios don't have the balls to do a film version of Preacher right.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    They just need to follow the Star Wars model triliogy.

    by moorE12

    The first movie needs a some what happy ending, some small victory. Dark middle movie where everyone gets the shit kicked out of them. Then the triumphant return of the heroes. The fist movie could end with the standoff with Root and the Saint of Killers. Second movie could end with the War in the Sun story line. Then the ending. Still I don't think that would be enough time to include the twist with Cassidy. They just need to make a series or don't make a movie at all.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Y: The Last Man

    by roguechef664

    When the hell are we gonna see this? Let Brian K. Vaughan write a trilogy. Get SOMEBODY to direct that isn't a total producer's tool. This would finally be a comic movie that lives up to the material.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Do a 'Saint of Killers' focus instead

    by katchoo67

    That might be able to fit into two hours. No way to fit Preacher into two hours without completely butchering it.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I just re-read Preacher...

    by The Dum Guy

    And, I'm afraid that there may be no way to do it justice, except for a run on cable. Just reading a single book in the series can kill a couple of hours, so they'd have to butcher the hell out the story to fit it into a single movies run time. I do agree with katchoo67 above, I'd like to see a Saint of Killers stand alone movie.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    What a great idea...

    by HelmetBoy

    Lets keep giving interesting franchises to shit directors. Look how well it worked with Alien Versus Predator, Resident Evil, The Fantastic Four etc... Can you imagine any of those films in the hands of someone with an ounce of talent? Instead we were feasted to utter garbage. That's not to say that great drectors dont fuck up (e.g. Ang Lee on Hulk), but at least they aim to do something different and act on the impulses of creativity rather than trying to make a quick buck. Jesus Christ! Great directors like Aronofsky have to work their arse off to get any movie off the ground, but Hollywood see's fit to keep throwing what could potentially be amazing stories to retards. Bullshit is what it is. Other than that, have a lovely day people.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The last third of Preacher

    by Sir Nigel Lengthington-Smythe

    was absolute shite. Ennis totally fucked it up. Characters just behave totally differently all of a sudden. He lived a few streets away from me when he wrote it, got to meet him and Steve Dillon a couple of times and talk about Hard Boiled vs The Killer; Ennis loved The Killer, Dillon was a Hard Boiled man. Anyway, Caruso's The Salton Sea was amazing, but anything else i've seen by him was crap.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I thought Eagle Eye was just so-so...

    by BanditDarville

    however, it did have its moments. I just don't think Caruso has done enough to be entrusted with material like this. Whoever gets the Preacher gig needs to take a hard look at casting Walton Goggins as Jesse and Amber Heard as Tulip. Viggo would kick ass as the Saint too.

  • Right?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    In the words of Agent Star:

    by ImJustSaying

    "Shit." This is the WORST Preacher news yet.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Preacher's ending wasn't great and it ruined the whole thing

    by shitstorm23

    Everyone knew what was coming a mile away with the St of Killers back story. It should have been sad, vicious and heart-wrenching, instead it was all happy and flowery. I also agree that God's power was all but thrown out by the end of the book. Genesis was more powerful (somehow), but God could take Jesse's power away at one point. By the end of the book, God was a giant pussy. It seemed like Ennis did not exactly know how to finish the book and ended up just making it a love story. God should have won, but showing himself to be a true villian. Lucifer was a MUCH better overall comic dealing with God, but it rarely gets the credit it deserves.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this supposed to be miniseries?

    by samizdat

    Last we heard, this was still being set up as a miniseries at like hbo or showtime, no?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    A movie?

    by Grendel745

    Much as I'd like to see it, there's simply no way to do it justice as a single film and getting the monetary numbers to greenlight a sequel would be next to impossible given the (necessary) "R" rating and subject matter. As an edgy series on Starz or HBO or something...maybe. Now a Saint of Killers movie? Far less controversial material and a smaller self-contained story that can easily be adapted for a single movie. A 4 issue mini vs a 66 page series.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Preachers ending was brilliant and very consistent

    by Smack_Teddy

    with the characters and commentary for me. They better not fuck any of it up anyway. Also, Arseface is going to be an interesting one to get away with...Her Star not so much of a problem, but Arseface? I can only picture Preacher working in something like its origional spirit on a channel like HBO

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Mitch

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! What are they going to do shoot for PG-13 and an hour and a half long movie. This is the worst news I have read in a long, long time. It's so bad it makes me happy Zack Snyder got Watchmen.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Preacher's ending

    by oisin5199

    by the end, I remember not caring what happened with Jesse because his character had become annoying and whiny. I remember the ending of his arc being pedestrian and predictable. And ultimately, I don't think Jesse actually learns anything or changes. But I was totally invested in Cassidy's story arc by that point and I really felt that his character got the better arc and certainly the better ending. Whoever referenced Supernatural, clearly the writers have read their share of Preacher and Hellblazer. but that may be the closest we get to seeing a decent Preacher story. All I can think is how they ass-raped Hellblazer into a generic Keanu Reeves flick, which was alright on its own, but was nowhere near a decent adaptation. That was not John Constantine. Now that's an HBO type series I'd love to see. Make it disturbing, violent, graphic, with plenty of smoking (no patch!!), sex, and demons. And make it British! But not a BBC production. Constantine does have (I hesitate to call them) adventures in other parts of the world. But the actor should be British, or play a convincing working class Brit. Lucifer would also be an amazing series, but that one's a bit too heady and philosophical for some folk. Plus there's those direct Sandman references, which I guess you could remove. Of course, there's also the holy grail of unmade adult tv series: Sandman. but nuff said.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by PorkChopXpress

    I just don't know if they can make this into a good movie. I mean...how can you make a character like Arseface work on film? There's so much about this comic that I just think ONLY works because of the combination of Ennis' writing and Dillon's art. Plus you have to explain the backstory of the Saint of Killers, and that's a significant aside. Put me in the camp that feels like the comics are perfect as they are and it should just be left alone. People should just go buy the graphic novels and read them...not wait for a movie adaptation that cannot hope to be anywhere as good.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    This needs to be a TV show

    by Zardoz

    It won't work as a stand-alone movie...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    HBO Only!!!

    by Mariusz

    It's the only way to go. A series on cable. A movie isn't gonna work. A movie by DJ Caruso will DEFINITELY not work! I loved DJ's 1st film, Salton Sea, but he's been cranking out shit ever since. Don't know why. This man is NOT the chosen one for Preacher. I don't know if anyone really is meant to direct a movie version of Preacher. The only way to bring it to life is Premium Cable. Fuck. This is bad news.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I too am Christian...

    by ChickenStu

    I believe in the power of free speech, and I think the fundmentalist Christians who boycotted this comic (AND George Carlin's funeral) are prejudiced, uneducated JERKS with sisters for mothers. And I'd tell those stupid fucking rednecks the same thing to thier faces. They make REAL Christians look bad. If this gets made into a film, things will get ugly. Mark my words.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    If they include the

    by mukhtabi

    "GO FUCK YOURSELF" command that Custer gives to Arseface's dad I am soooo there!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    HBO

    by mushroomyakuza

    As others have said, this definitely should be an HBO project and was gonna be some years ago before they lost their nerve. But with their recent resurgence, seems like it's time to bring I back I think. Y: The Last Man deserves the same treatment, though with Y you could feasibly do it on AMC - Preacher however would have to be strictly HBO. As for turning it into a 2 hour movie, that's just plain ridiculous.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Caruso Haters are Fools

    by Wyatt Elling

    Yes, the Salton Sea was fantastic. And you know what? Two for the Money was a pretty good adult sports drama, and Disturbia was a pretty good teen thriller. Eagle Eye was at the very least compelling to watch, regardless of story problems. Caruso is clearly talented at the fundamental nuts and bolts of filmmaking, a trait sorely lacking in most of the big budget directors getting these gigs today (Snyder, Wiseman, Ratner). Plus, Salton Sea proves that Caruso has some serious firepower that he's been muffling to build a resume as a big-budget director. And you know what? There's nothing wrong with mainstream movies. It's just that 98% of them are unwatchable today due to creative and technical bankruptcy on every level of production. Caruso is doing good work. I also believe he'd be fantastic for a Y trilogy, which for better or worse is the vehicle Shia was born for. Preacher I'm not sure meshes quite as well with the old-Hollywood solidity Caruso has been leaning toward.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I'm willing to give Caruso the benefit of the doubt...

    by Happyfat73

    For me, he still hasn't completely squandered the goodwill he earned with The Salton Sea.... yet. I Am Number Four will be the clincher.</p> </p> If I Am Number Four blows chunks, then I'll finally be reconciled with the fact that The Salton Sea was a fluke.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    No PREACHER adaptation.

    by Subtitles_Off

    No film. No franchise. No trilogy. No HBO. Why can't we just have one thing that exists in its own media, as is, unadapted?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Preacher will never work as a film. HBO series, yes. Film? No.

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    One of the defining features of Preacher that makes it so endearing isn't the over the top violence or the gross out humor. It's the heart. It's the story of three friends on a road trip through America. It's the love story between Jesse and Tulip, and the dissolution and redemption of Jesse's friendship with Cassidy. Not to mention the story/origin of the Saint. Trying to cram that into a movie, even one that is part of a trilogy is just a big mistake. Or, do it like they're doing Dark Tower. Movie--->TV season---->movie. But just trying to cash in on it while the comic book movie crazy is still (kind of) hot is just a big mistake. But what am I worried about? When has Hollywood ever rushed something into theaters just to make some cash?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Didn't get what was so great about this series

    by Super Rabbi

    It was alright, but somehow, was expecting more.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Looks like the PREACHER has just found himself a PULPIT

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    My favourite comic ever.

    by CuervoJones

    You can´t do just one movie. Preacher is too long and epic.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    What about fucking Sam Mendes?

    by Gozu

    God damn it. Now fucking Shia Laeouf is going to be Preacher. I hate movies now.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I recently re-read Preacher and it SUCKED

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    Can't believe I used to read that shit. And no, it doesn't need to be made into a movie. Supernatural already did nearly everything possible with religion and stuff and they did it in an asskicking way. Preacher, not so.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I'll believe it when I see it!

    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    For my money Preacher is far too much of a religious hot potato for any Hollywood studio to bankroll it. At least in any form recognisable to the comic. If it does get made at all it will more than likely be watered down, sanitised and end up like the abominable Constantine movie.

  • and that Shia LeBouf is born to play Yorick with...oh fucking hell whats going on? Terminator looks like there actually trying to put the final nails in the coffin. Surnatural sucks Preachers balls like a gracious 15 yr old schoolgirl willing to learn, and is all the better for it i guees, but your a dumb clown to me if you think its the other way 'round<p>mcgoohin you've lost the plot man, or...your the LeBeef himself arnt you? Im honoured. Eagle Eye was tame though, sorry, i am 4 still or whatever still stands, but you must be joking or LeBeef himself if you think Disturbia and Eagleeye shows Caruso is the man for either 'Y' or 'Preacher'