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Preacher film resurrected. Again.

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Round and round goes the movie rights for Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher comic book series. I remember back in 1997 interviewing Rachel Talalay, the director that had high hopes to make her version of Preacher, and how excited she was about it. Excitement and two bucks will buy you a cup of coffee these days in Hollywood.

Besides the movie ideas for the Preacher comic, there was also an attempt by Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson to adapt the foul-mouthed, supernatural western story to HBO. That didn't happen either.

Today, I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso announced via his Twitter feed that he's the new director for a feature film version of Preacher. "My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!" he states. Caruso's latest just opened last weekend and grabbed second spot at the box office with a $19.5 million dollar haul.

It's been 11 years since Preacher ended its 66 issue run at Vertigo/DC Comics. The book was about a fallen preacher named Jesse Custer whose body became a refuge for the offspring of an angel and a demon, giving him the power to command anyone to do anything, up to and including God himself. With Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip (now a professional hitwoman) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the trio went on walkabout to try and find where God was hiding and to ask him the question as to who he left mankind to fend for themselves. The book was a big hit and gained a large following for its mature themes, over-the-top violence and philosophical debates.

So can Caruso help bring Preacher out of development hell? Maybe if he can convince his Disturbia co-star Shia LaBeouf that he should wear a white collar.

-D.J. Caruso via Twitter.
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Posted: 9 years 30 weeks ago

I was hoping Mark Steven Johnson would get it made for HBO, until I saw Ghost Rider.

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Posted: 9 years 30 weeks ago

Didn't he kind of flub Daredevil as well.  Admittedly, the DC was better than the theatrical version, but still.

If this ever gets made, it will be less true to the character and story than Constantine was.

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