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A-Team director Joe Carnahan wants to do Preacher and Taskmaster

06.08.2010

Given its controversial approach to religion, it's no surprise that a movie adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's phenomenal comic PREACHER has been mired in Development Hell.

There's one guy who wants to play shepherd to Jesse Custer and company: A-TEAM director Joe Carnahan. Producer Neal Moritz (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) recently made it known that the director's chair was vacant (Sam Mendes departed to work on the now-delayed James Bond movie), and Carnahan is on the prowl for the position.

As he tells Superhero Hype: "I'm kind of desperate to do another comic book adaptation. And the other thing I'm really keen on or interested in is 'Preacher' because 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. You gotta do the Allfather (D'Aronique) 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?"

A self-professed comic nerd, Carnahan seems like a solid match for the material. The DC/Vertigo book followed a pugilistic young Texas preacher Jesse Custer, who loses his faith, becomes infused with the power of angel/demon offspring, meets up with his amateur assassin ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy, and sets off on a road trip in order to kick God's ass. The initial part of the PREACHER run introduces the mismatched trio and begins their bizarre adventures as they encounter various murderers and sodomites, a mangled rocker nicknamed Arseface, the immortal Saint of Killers, and a secret paramilitary organization dedicated to protecting the bloodline of Christ.

Adaptations were previously in the works with Rachel Talalay (TANK GIRL) directing, Kevin Smith producing and James Marsden starring, and then as a planned HBO series (overseen by GHOST RIDER director Mark Steven Johnson) that would theoretically deliver the entire 66-issue run. Screenwriter John August (CHARLIE'S ANGELS, most of Tim Burton's recent output) worked on the most recent feature draft.

Speaking of comics, Carnahan was once planning his foray into writing for comics on the lesser-known Marvel character TASKMASTER. A morally ambiguous mercenary, Taskmaster possesses "photographic reflexes", allowing him to mentally store and mimic the actions and abilities (within human limitations) of anyone he watches, granting him the physical skills of characters like Captain America, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Elektra, Bullseye, etc.

Smokin' Joe is still interested in hitting the printed page and perhaps a movie as well: "I think it might be one of those Marvel characters you really need to reimagine because he's got the whole skull and cape—it's a bit grandiose I think—but it would certainly be a cool thing."

"It's kind of funny because it's almost what they were going to do with Deadpool, that same sort of smart-ass thing, before they went the way of--and I know that there are fans that hated Fox for doing that whole thing with Deadpool and Reynolds in WOLVERINE--but you have to create that differentiation. I think at least Taskmaster, he's so below the radar. He's even below where Blade was considered a B-tier Marvel character, this guy is even lesser-known. It would be a lot of fun to write it as a series and then see what came from there."

Extra Tidbit: That cover further supports my belief that James Franco would make a good Jesse Custer.
Source: Superhero Hype

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