Preacher, the awesome comic book epic by Garth Ennis, has been in line for adaptation to film for years now. Setback after setback have kept the ball from rolling on this one, but still it fights against what seems to be the inevitable tide of pre-production limbo. A number of directors have been attached over the years, including Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) and Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Ghost Rider). The latest person to announce they would be putting Preacher together was DJ Caruso (Disturbia) back in February of 2011.
Now, John August, scriptwriter for Tim Burton’s upcoming Frankenweenie (as well as Charlie’s Angels) has stated that he’s still trying to put something together. And though the news seems hopeful for Preacher fans, even August isn’t betting on the film getting made anytime in the near future.
I don’t know if the birth is going to be any time soon. That’s the frustration about screenwriting. You can spend a lot of time on a project and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t happen.
If you’re not familiar with the story of Preacher, then you are a dirty heathen! But for the sake of being nice, here’s the basic rundown:
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.
Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.
Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
If only they can get it made… and if only they don’t screw it up royally. So what is the opinion of the fair and virile Nerdreaders? Still wanna see a Preacher movie, or have the years of waiting imparted in you, as they have me, a deep cynicism as to whether it will ever see production?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for getting my hopes up… again.