A-Team Director Wants ‘Preacher’ Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

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When it comes to characters bursting out of comic book pages and exploding on the big screen, much of the recent focus has been confined to the big guns of the Marvel and DC universes. However, director Joe Carnahan hasn’t forgotten about the lesser-known comic book heroes out there.

In fact, Carnahan has his eye on Reverend Jesse Custer, the star of Vertigo’s Preacher series, which was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, and ran for 75 issues from 1995 to 2000.

Out promoting his latest movie, The A-Team, Carnahan has confessed to Superhero Hype that he would love to get his hands on Preacher, a project long-slated for cinematic adaptation, perpetually held up by one setback after another.

A cult hit – so to speak – Preacher keeps to that Vertigo trend of being a little left of center. It is the entertaining story of Reverend Jesse Custer, a once down-on-his-luck Texan preacher who becomes possessed by a supernatural being that, itself, was born out of an ‘unauthorized’ coupling of an angel and a demon.

Suffice to say, the whole crazy union makes Custer one hell of a powerful ‘Man of God’, albeit a little in the dark when it comes to knowing exactly why he has been ‘blessed’ in the way that he has. Teaming up with his ex-girlfriend and an alcoholic Irish vampire, he sets off on a journey of self discovery across the United States, encountering equally strange characters including, among many others, the ghost of John Wayne.

Carnahan, who was also the writer-director behind Smokin’ Aces, told Superhero Hype:

“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.”

While not quite in the same league as Watchmen, the movie version of Preacher seems to be following a similarly troubled path as that of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel, which took well over two decades to become a live-action release.

Ennis himself wrote a few drafts of a Preacher screenplay in the late ’90s when Rachel Talalay was hired to direct, but the controversial nature of the story led to the film’s investors backing out. It was a similar story several years later, when a TV series was in early development at HBO.

Acquiring the rights to the film in 2008, Sony Pictures appears serious about finally bringing Custer and co to life, while staying true to Preacher‘s dark and twisted past. That likely mean the film will be R-rated. Last word was that they would be using a script by John August, but Sam Mendes dropped out of the running to direct.

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The wonderfully twisted world of Preacher

While he hasn’t confirmed that he’s actually had any discussions with Sony producer Neal Moritz, Carnahan has an idea for where he would like the Preacher movie to go.

“You gotta do the Allfather 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?”

The Allfather Carnahan speaks of is D’Aronique, Custer’s distant uncle and leader of The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus. Don’t expect anything like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, though. Preacher is cut from a very different cloth.

If he can’t get his hands on Preacher, Carnahan revealed he would also welcome the opportunity to unleash Marvel supervillain Taskmaster on the masses in his own movie.

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Marvel villain/anti-hero The Taskmaster

Movies adapted from cult comic book series like Watchmen, Constantine and Kick-Ass have have hardly set the world on fire at the box-office, but that fact should not deter Sony from pushing ahead with Preacher. Certainly Carnahan is the man to make it work – of course, a lot may depend on how The A-Team goes.

Source: Superhero Hype

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  1. Ive always seen Preacher as a “Cable” series. If done well there is no reason it couldnt be.

    HBO or some such needs to pick it up as a monthly show. 2.5 Hour premier then run it once a month for an hour for a year. No commercials….

    I think it would work very well.

    • Speaking of cable, I would love to see a Deadpool movie.

  2. As a big Paul Bettany fan I’m really looking forward to this movie. Hopefully this will allow him to redeem himself for Legion, which the acting wasn’t bad(from Bettany and Quaid that is)the story line was just lacking imho.

    • Did you read the article at all? This movie isn’t in development yet. It isn’t at all related to Paul Bettany’s PRIEST movie. I mean damn look at the headline. Its obviously talking about a movie that hasn’t even started production so how could it be the Bettany movie? -_-

    • Yes Duah! this is not bettany’s PRIEST movie. Please read carefully… hehehhe

  3. The best bet for this to be good was hbo. But they bitched out, most likely because of the religious “ideas”.maybe showtime got the balls.

  4. it needs to be a film series..or at the very least on amc..and it HAS TO COVER EVERYTHING IN THE SERIES IN DETAIL..this series is the “Harry Potter” of adult comic books and to skim over or totally leave out certain situations because of religion,gore,sex,blood or anything remotely assuming to be degenerate to the public is a terrible shame..maybe he’s the one to get it right, but you have to do it right the first time and not force a reboot or remake..Also the actors need to be on board just as much as the director and producers are..one of the if not best stories ever put to graphic novel,next to Hellblazer(which the film needs to be redone)and Watchmen, it needs to be taken care of thru and thru…

  5. God this guy did Smoking Aces, which was awfull. I havent seen the Ateam, i would never watch the ateam with out mr T. Preacher is way beyond this guys capabilities as a director. And if he wrote the screenplay, i wouldnt pay to watch it.

  6. I agree. Preacher needs the care of one more capable. I couldn’t stand to see another movie like Hellblazer; such crap compared to the comic.

  7. seeing how the last comic-to-movies turned out, specially V for Vendetta, i would say that it has been nothing short of a disaster. The preacher is the best comic out there, and if it were to go to hollywood i can almost guarantee that it will ruin the comic. I have seen alot of comic books turned into movies, and none are even close to being as good as the comics.

  8. The movie would have to retain the feel of the comic-anything cut out simply because they want a larger audience and nothing else reeks of greed. anything cut out due to the comics questionable nature.. or not to upset the strongly religious few is just an excuse-they wouldnt watch such material anyway, and isnt this why video certification was invented? just because its a comic doesnt mean it cant have an adult cert, but of course thats highly unlikely to happen, as making comic based movies has always been about making money+showing it to as many as possible,not just the fans. perhaps one day that will all change,but we are still waiting