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DJ Caruso Directing Preacher
Can he get Garth Ennis' tale on screen?

23 February 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Playlist

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While we’re still far from convinced that the sprawling, complicated, awesome Preacher comics created by Garth Ennis can really be served properly as a film (or even a series of films), I Am Number Four director DJ Caruso is the latest name looking to convince us that the opposite is true. And he’s hit the Twitters (via the Playlist) to announce that he’s now locked in a deal to give it a whirl.

Caruso’s name has previously been linked with the project, and in an interview with Spinoff Online, he admitted his enthusiasm for the comic: “I love the Wild West, man. I really love Preacher. It’s fantastic. I think that’s what would sell me on taking on a comic book project again. I don’t know if this is still what’s going on with it, but Sam was going to direct it, Sam Mendes, and John August was writing the screenplay.”

Yes, Mendes was just the latest name to be linked to the adaptation, hired by Sony and producer Neal Moritz to give it a whirl before ditching the idea to focus on the next Bond film. The likes of Joe Carnahan have had their names bandied about, and Mark Steven Johnson tried for a while to get it made as an HBO miniseries.

Preacher, for those who have never discovered the glory of the series, follows the misadventures of ex-preacher Jesse Custer, who has a lot on his mind. Specifically, he’s possessed by Genesis, asupernatural force that resulted when an angel and a demon decided to get frisky. The moment the beastie was born, God abandoned Heaven and his responsibilities to mankind, and so Jesse sets out to track Him down and make Him answer for His actions. He’s joined on his travels by assassin girlfriend Tulip and Cassidy, a booze-loving vampire. That mix doesn’t exactly make for the easiest story to boil down into a script or two…

But if the idea of the man behind Eagle Eye and Taking Lives tackling Preacher fills you with either glee or horror, hold off your celebration/voodoo doll carving for now, as don’t forget that Caruso also spent a while trying to figure out how to bring another respected/tough comic book project, Y: The Last Man, to the screen without success. And Preacher has so far resisted all attempts at moviefication. We’re going to take a wait and see approach on this one.

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what necessary skills has he displayed in his back catalogue of work to suggest he's the guy for the job? none whatsoever. he directed teen-friendly genre-hokum, which adds fuel to the theory that it'll get diluted for mass consumption. preacher has balls, neutering it would kill it.... fact. i think this is a solid case of leave it be... a y: the last man tv series is totally doable tho i reckon More

Posted by bob_fetta at 10:48 on 24 February 2011 | Report This Post

Nah - Caruso isn't exactly bad but he sure as shit aint right for this project! They need someone like Alex Proyas or David Fincher to direct this - and as a HBO mini series. I guess they could do a Deathly Hallows/Kill Bill deal with a part one and part two movie which could work if they could get the funding...... Preacher is by far my favourite comic-book of all time but i'm no purist - i would actually like to see it made for the screen! But for god's sake (no pun intended) it's gotta More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:16 on 23 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ugh
NOOOOO FUCKING WAY! Don't get me wrong I actually like him but he's more aimed at the younger end of the market where as this you can't do unless it's an 18 & then you'd have to make cuts from the comic also you'd have to do it in at least 3 films, so I agree HBO's probably the best way to go with Farrell as Cassidy if anyone was born for the role it's him. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:56 on 23 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Noooo
Noooo. Just don't do it. More

Posted by eruptus at 06:54 on 23 February 2011 | Report This Post

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