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Hey! Comic nerds! Did anything, I don’t know, incidiary happen on the internet in the last 24 hours? Haha. I’m kidding of course. By now you will have surely heard about David Goyer‘s alleged smack talk about She-Hulk in the midst of an all-star screenwriters panel on a live edition of John August’s ScriptNotes podcast. In no uncertain terms, Goyer said that She-Hulk was as a sexed up male fantasy whose sole function was to be a girl only the Hulk could, ahem, love. Leaving aside the ickiness of She-Hulk being Man-Hulk’s cousin and everything, a lot of people are of the opinion that Goyer’s comments are off the mark, and one of them is She-Hulk’s co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee. (more…)

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.

His opinion:

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.

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It was recently rumored that I have a big penis. This is not true. Truth is it’s enormous  (OK, not really. Just party sized). Earlier this  month, rumor talk also suggested that D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, I am Number 4) may direct a big screen adaptation of the comic Preacher, scripted by John August (Go, Big Fish). Today Caruso confirmed via his twitter account he has officially closed his deal, and is set to direct the movie.

My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!

For those of you who don’t know about Preacher,

Preacher was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, and tells the story of Texas reverend Jesse Custer who, after merging with the escaped offspring of a demon and an angel, find himself imbued with the word of God, the power to command anyone to do his bidding. Teamed with his ex girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.

While we wait we on official press release, we can speculate on what all this means. A script by John August is promising and Caruso directing is OK. Not great, but OK. He’s great with directing action and capturing people’s raw emotions. However, DJ directing a film like Preacher just doesn’t seem to fit. Real question is, how the hell can they adapt a 9 volume comic series into one 2 hour plus flick? Well, according to producer Neil Moretz this will be the first in a series of Preacher films, and they want it to be rated ‘R’. Oh, that sounds nice.

Whatever the outlook, I’m just excited the movie is getting made. Preacher is one of the most violent, offensive, rude, meaningful pieces of literature. It’s got vampires, guns, babes, ass-faced men, angels and a whole bunch of awesome.

What are your thoughts in Caruso possibly taking on this film project?