I, for one, DO NOT want a movie based on Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon’s Preacher series. It’s one of my favorite comic book series of all time, and while I always envisioned a live-action version, I would never truly want this graphic novelization to be watered down and bastardized by Hollywood, which would be a utter tragedy.
After many years of it being an off and on again project (movie and television series), and exchanging more hands than the dollar bill that says “Where’s George?”, an adaptation is still being kicked around as a possibility. I Am Number 4 director DJ Caruso has long be rumored to helm a feature film. Which, by the way, I Am Number Four was a terrible movie and an even worse adaptation; more like “Watch Me Take a Number 2”. The guy has already ruined one literary piece, keep him the hell away from Preacher. But I digress…
While still associated with the project, which displeases me, there is some good news regarding Caruso’s commitment, or rather lack there of. An adaptation of has been put off (again), as Caruso is elbow deep fisting other franchises, including a sequel to I am Number 4, and can’t shift attention to the DC comic.
While promoting his upcoming family film titled Standing Up, Caruso said:
“I’m still attached to Preacher and we’re wrestling with Sony because I got another movie at Sony called Invertigo, which is a big action film we’re trying to get going this summer. So Preacher got put on the back burner, but we’re still involved with Preacher and hopefully we’ll have some good news on that soon. Todd August wrote a great script. I think it’s one of those features that has to kind of go through the studio system if it’s going to be made for a certain price. So we’re kind of revisiting a way to approach making the movie in the right way.”
Never mind the fact that Caruso feels the need for this project to go through a studio gauntlet, which infuriates me to Super Saiyan levels of rage (that’s like giving up all creative control) Preacher is, quite frankly, unfilmable. It’s a 60+ issues comic series (and that doesn’t included all the tie-ins). It’s waaaaaaaay too big to film. It’s one of those stories that should just remain a comic book. The structure isn’t right for film or television. Well, actually, HBO could probably do it right, but even then I’m sure it would be watered down and cherry picked, and that would be a shame.
I wish Jesse Custer would leap from the pages, use the voice of God, and command Caruso (and all other would-be directors) to turn around and walk away from this.
Preacher is a comic book series from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, that’s published by DC Comics imprint, Vertigo. The story follows Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville who was accidentally possessed by a supernatural creature called Genesis, an infantile entity that very well could be the most powerful being in the universe. This supernatural occurrence prompts Dillion to begin a cross country pilgrimage to discover the truth about his newly acquired powers.
Source: i am ROGUE