Word is making the Internet rounds that Seth Rogan‘s Preacher adaptation on AMC is adding Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop) to the mix as one of the recurring series villains, Odin Quincannon (pictured above). Based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon DC Vertigo series of the same name, this television adaptation is shaping up quite nicely. (more…)
Dominic Cooper‘s already played one larger than life comic book character, the guy that spawned Tony Stark and raised him, Howard Stark. After appearances in Captain America: The First Avenger and in the Agent Carter TV series, Cooper’s got that role pretty much perfected, and he has to share it with John Slattery, who will play Stark when he appears next in Ant-Man. Don’t weep for Cooper though, he’s an in-demand actor, and he’s being courted – hard – for another major comic book role, the title part in AMC‘s upcoming series Preacher. This has been in the works for a while, but as casting the pilot is almost done, it seems that Cooper is drawing closer to his own deal to play Jesse Custer. (more…)
In the 15 years since Preacher ended its vaunted run in Vertigo, there have been numerous (Numerous!) attempts to turn it into a viable movie project. After fits and starts, someone finally had the bright idea to make Preacher for a format that was more likely to appreciate its rich, complex and challenging storytelling, and that’s television. Now being developed for AMC, which has had some success making series based on comic books, Preacher has moved from the theoretical to an actual project that is now casting. Hooray! And just as you thought this day was never going to come, another confounding event has occurred, Preacher has cast Arseface. (more…)
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been trying to get Preacher on to the small screen for some time now, and it looks like it’s finally happening thanks to AMC ordering a pilot episode, with a view to commission a whole series. Now, what makes this an interesting concept – whether you are a fan of Rogen and Goldberg or not – is that a comic adaptation of this nature belongs on a network like AMC. The comics are published by the the Vertigo label (iZombie, Hellblazer), which says it all really, especially in terms of how dark, and violent the subject matter is (oh, and let’s not forget the deep sacrilegious themes that run throughout the series). If is fitting that AMC have taken a gamble on this, as Rogen and Goldberg’s admission that they want to stay “true to the comic,” means that it’s going to be all kinds of controversial. As we have seen, bringing dark source material to cable TV just doesn’t cut it. The proof is in the pudding, having just witnessed the failure, that is: Constantine. (more…)
Some would say Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon’s Preacher series is unfilmable. The naysayers are right. It’s a 60+ issues comic series (and that doesn’t included all the tie-ins) featuring flashbacks, asides and embedded arcs that explain every character in it’s sprawling story. It’s waaaaaaaay too big, the structure isn’t right for film. Now, a Television adaptation on the other hand… that could be something. Years back (going back to ’98), there was talk that HBO might pick it up for series, but plans never came to fruition. Then there was all sorts of studio tug, pull, and developmental hell in regards to a feature film. Thankfully, those plans died out as well. Well, now we’re back to TV talk and one of the greatest networks is poised to make a Preacher adaption that nerds can approve.
When we last spoke about the ‘Preacher‘ live-action adaptation ( seen here) D.J. Caruso was tweeting that he was going to direct the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon created comic book series. Well, that was back in February, he was still directing I Am Number 4 and he had to remain more tight-lipped then Arseface in church. Now that his newest film has been released internationally he’s been opening up and chatting it up like crazy. During an interview with the French website CloneWeb to promote I Am Number 4 the talk shifted from teenage alien heroes to a man hunting for God himself.
For those of you who don’t know about Preacher,
Preacher 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 casting hasn’t even begun, D.J. has been receiving a variety of messages from actors that want to be in this movie. You only ask to be in a movie if you’re desperate, or you think the film is gonna be huge, and with names like these asking it must be gigantic! He said Chris Pine wants to play Jesse, Shia LaBeouf wants to be Arseface (not far from anything he’s done) and Alex Pettyfer wants to play the Saint of Killers. In their sit down interview with CloneWeb the conversation shifts over to Preacher at about the 1:50 mark and continues, in it’s own little way, straight towards the end.
Notice they said “Yesterday” when talking about Preacher, making this seem like they purposely turned it over to focus on his new project. Caruso has passion for the Preacher series however and it shows in this interview, given how he explains his stance on he’d like to approach this new endeavour. As for the cast…….What do you think?
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?