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Mendes does Preacher!

10.29.2008
It was starting to seem more likely that the Rapture would happen before a live-action version of the incredible comic series PREACHER would become flesh.

But Jesse Custer and his merry lunatic band might be coming after all, courtesy of director Sam Mendes and Columbia Pictures. The Oscar-winner (AMERICAN BEAUTY) will tackle the enthusiastically blasphemous DC/Vertigo comic (from by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon), with an assist from producer of deafening entertainment Neal Moritz (STEALTH, XXX). Mendes is on the hunt for writers to adapt the sordid tale.

The PREACHER series, unquestionably one of the most compelling comic titles ever published, involves a rough-and-tumble Texan preacher who becomes imbued with the power of Genesis (the offspring of angel and demon). When he finds out God has left his post in Heaven, he takes off with his amateur assassin ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire named Cassidy on a mission to make the Lord answer for his transgression. During their bizarre adventures they encounter various murderers and sodomites, the immortal Saint of Killers, and a secret paramilitary organization dedicated to protecting the bloodline of Christ.

A feature film version has literally been in the works for years, with TANK GIRL director Rachel Talalay long set to lens from an Ennis draft that incorporated the first few issues of the series to tell the origin of the characters and introduce the Saint of Killers and Arseface. Everyone from Ben Affleck to Johnny Depp to James Marsden had been rumored for the lead role of Jesse Custer, with names like Gary Oldman, Cameron Diaz and Sam Jackson being tossed around for the secondary players. It was most recently in the works as an HBO series (which it really needs) from GHOST RIDER director Mark Steven Johnson (which it really doesn't).
Extra Tidbit: Mendes knows his comic material -- he already adapted the DC graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION.
Source: Variety

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6:25AM on 10/31/2008

This honestly does seem like

it might happen now since it has a great director attached to it. Now, who to play Jesse Custer? Because I have the rest of the film already cast. Since it now has an Oscar-winning director at the helm, I could very easily see Naomi Watts as Tulip O'Hare, Colin Farrell (seriously, who else?) as Proinsias Cassidy, and David Carradine as The Saint of Killers (think about it for a minute and you'll see it easily). But when I was thinking about the casting for this film a few years back, I saw one
it might happen now since it has a great director attached to it. Now, who to play Jesse Custer? Because I have the rest of the film already cast. Since it now has an Oscar-winning director at the helm, I could very easily see Naomi Watts as Tulip O'Hare, Colin Farrell (seriously, who else?) as Proinsias Cassidy, and David Carradine as The Saint of Killers (think about it for a minute and you'll see it easily). But when I was thinking about the casting for this film a few years back, I saw one actor and one actor only for Jesse Custer.

That actor was Heath Ledger.

After seeing him in BROKEBACK, he would have been fucking perfect. He had the swagger, the physicality and everything necessary to be the ass-kicking Jesse Custer we needed. He just needed to do his hair black again.

But he's gone, and the world is still poorer. So I throw my hands up for Jesse Custer.

As far as who I've seen recommended, as much as I love them, Depp and Pearce are too OLD. Jesse's in his late-twenties, early-thirties MAX. Those guys are in their forties. And they are looking it. I just can't see it.
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7:05PM on 10/30/2008
i can see Jefferey Donovan as jesse custer
i can see Jefferey Donovan as jesse custer
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12:24PM on 10/30/2008
A bit off-topic, I can't say I ever imagined a director of Sam Mendes talents and reputation teaming up with Neal Moritz. Not that that's a bad thing per se, just...inspired.
A bit off-topic, I can't say I ever imagined a director of Sam Mendes talents and reputation teaming up with Neal Moritz. Not that that's a bad thing per se, just...inspired.
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12:16PM on 10/30/2008

Strange...

This is one of those bizarre instants in one's life when the worlds of reality and fantasy converge in a most coincidental fashion. Despite my longtime interest in reading the graphic novels, I literally just started reading this series last night although I had first of heard of it (and consequently, the rumors of turning it into a film project) for some time now. I think it could make for a great live adaptation if placed in the proper hands and I think Sam Mendes is one of the few people
This is one of those bizarre instants in one's life when the worlds of reality and fantasy converge in a most coincidental fashion. Despite my longtime interest in reading the graphic novels, I literally just started reading this series last night although I had first of heard of it (and consequently, the rumors of turning it into a film project) for some time now. I think it could make for a great live adaptation if placed in the proper hands and I think Sam Mendes is one of the few people who can pull it off. My only hope is that he yanks his buddy, Alan Ball, off True Blood (as much as I enjoy that show) and gets him involved as the writer. If that happens, this one could overtake The Dark Knight as the best comic book turned turned movie ever.
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11:31AM on 10/30/2008

WHAT!

Sam Mendes isnt doing another random movie about a couple from Connecticut?!This is awesome.
Sam Mendes isnt doing another random movie about a couple from Connecticut?!This is awesome.
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8:15AM on 10/30/2008

When Do they Start?

Alright! This is the best news I've heard in a long time. RTP was one of the best comic adaptations of this decade (and sorely underrated by the masses), so I trust Mendes's instincts. When do they start?
Alright! This is the best news I've heard in a long time. RTP was one of the best comic adaptations of this decade (and sorely underrated by the masses), so I trust Mendes's instincts. When do they start?
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2:48AM on 10/30/2008
Between this, van Sant taking 'Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test', the Nichols/Mamet Kurasawa reboot and the Hughes Bros. post-apocalyptic western with Gary Oldman I think my faith in Hollywood has been restored.

Long live movies, bitches.
Between this, van Sant taking 'Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test', the Nichols/Mamet Kurasawa reboot and the Hughes Bros. post-apocalyptic western with Gary Oldman I think my faith in Hollywood has been restored.

Long live movies, bitches.
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12:29AM on 10/30/2008
All I can say is THANK THE FU*KING LORD!

Mark Steven Johnson is in the same league as Uwe Boll as far as I'm concerned. MSJ should not be let near any more comic book properties. Ever. The combo of him and Nic "Elvis Claw Toupe" Cage destroyed one of my favorite characters, Ghost Rider.
All I can say is THANK THE FU*KING LORD!

Mark Steven Johnson is in the same league as Uwe Boll as far as I'm concerned. MSJ should not be let near any more comic book properties. Ever. The combo of him and Nic "Elvis Claw Toupe" Cage destroyed one of my favorite characters, Ghost Rider.
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12:07AM on 10/30/2008

I WILL FUCKING WRITE THIS

i wonder if this is for real or just a cocktease?
i wonder if this is for real or just a cocktease?
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11:51PM on 10/29/2008
Best news of my life. Depp has to be Custer, he would be 100% perfect. Guy Pearce as Cassidy would be the shit. Saint of Killers and Herr Starr, who would play them?


And PuffCity you couldn't be more wrong, unless you're one of those black and white bible thumping retards. If you're not give it a read, you'll thank me later.
Best news of my life. Depp has to be Custer, he would be 100% perfect. Guy Pearce as Cassidy would be the shit. Saint of Killers and Herr Starr, who would play them?


And PuffCity you couldn't be more wrong, unless you're one of those black and white bible thumping retards. If you're not give it a read, you'll thank me later.
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11:37PM on 10/29/2008
I Want Guy Pearce Casted As Jesse Custer
I Want Guy Pearce Casted As Jesse Custer
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10:53PM on 10/29/2008

Mark Steven Johnson

Mark Steven Johnson is in the same Bret Ratner territory of sucking shit out of a colostomy bag.

HOWEVER, I'd like to see some real talent behind this flick and Mendes sounds like a great idea.
Mark Steven Johnson is in the same Bret Ratner territory of sucking shit out of a colostomy bag.

HOWEVER, I'd like to see some real talent behind this flick and Mendes sounds like a great idea.
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10:39PM on 10/29/2008
I love Mendes, but this story sounds like crap, but we'll see I guess
I love Mendes, but this story sounds like crap, but we'll see I guess
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10:27PM on 10/29/2008
I'll believe this news when the first trailer comes out.

Sam Mendes is very talented but thinks Graphic Novels are a "lesser art form".

For the marketing of "Road to Perdition" they always avoided to mention it was based on a graphic novel
I'll believe this news when the first trailer comes out.

Sam Mendes is very talented but thinks Graphic Novels are a "lesser art form".

For the marketing of "Road to Perdition" they always avoided to mention it was based on a graphic novel
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9:42PM on 10/29/2008
Wow that's a crazy premise and synopsis.

But I like Mendes and Road to Perdition was a damn good movie so here's to hoping he does it again here.
Wow that's a crazy premise and synopsis.

But I like Mendes and Road to Perdition was a damn good movie so here's to hoping he does it again here.
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9:33PM on 10/29/2008
First off, this is awesome news. I'm a big fan of Ennis's work, and while I've only read part of "Preacher," I think I can safely say that it's damn good.

That being said, I've got to play a little devil's advocate here. While Sam Mendes is certainly an awesome director, he seems a bit too, what's the word, "classy" for this type of gig. It's like having Spielberg do "The Boys." You're pretty much guaranteed a good movie, but will it retain the sleaziness of the source material?

In
First off, this is awesome news. I'm a big fan of Ennis's work, and while I've only read part of "Preacher," I think I can safely say that it's damn good.

That being said, I've got to play a little devil's advocate here. While Sam Mendes is certainly an awesome director, he seems a bit too, what's the word, "classy" for this type of gig. It's like having Spielberg do "The Boys." You're pretty much guaranteed a good movie, but will it retain the sleaziness of the source material?

In any case, this is still great news, and should definitely be one to watch.
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9:27PM on 10/29/2008

FUKIN A!

Nice. It's in good hands, an HBO series WOULD be a lot better...unless... Mendes smells a franchise!

Only a genius can turn this comic into a successful film so they better hire a damn fine writer. Cough cough David Self cough.

Sam I'll work on your crew...call me!
Nice. It's in good hands, an HBO series WOULD be a lot better...unless... Mendes smells a franchise!

Only a genius can turn this comic into a successful film so they better hire a damn fine writer. Cough cough David Self cough.

Sam I'll work on your crew...call me!
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9:24PM on 10/29/2008

Hmm...

To my knowledge two directors have signed for comic book films since the release of The Dark Knight. Both of them have been Oscar contenders.

I think I see a trend here. And I like it.
To my knowledge two directors have signed for comic book films since the release of The Dark Knight. Both of them have been Oscar contenders.

I think I see a trend here. And I like it.
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9:17PM on 10/29/2008

Hopes

While this would be the best thing that has happened to my life ever,

I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.

I've got my hopes up too many times over this material to do it again, but when that first trailer comes out, I'll turn inside out.
While this would be the best thing that has happened to my life ever,

I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.

I've got my hopes up too many times over this material to do it again, but when that first trailer comes out, I'll turn inside out.
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9:06PM on 10/29/2008
Day can't get much better.
Day can't get much better.
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9:05PM on 10/29/2008
No, I meant it.
No, I meant it.
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9:00PM on 10/29/2008

No freaking way!!!

Okay, I didn't even need to read the article for this one. The headline alone was enough that I merely checked the picture (to make sure you guys weren't fooling us with a decieving title like you sometimes do) and had to post. I mean it's like reading "Eastwood does Cap" or "Proyas does Daredevil". This kind of news makes me believe those above scenarios could actually happen.

Honestly, I'm not even a super huge fan of Preacher, but I know that the series has an awesome reputation and a lot
Okay, I didn't even need to read the article for this one. The headline alone was enough that I merely checked the picture (to make sure you guys weren't fooling us with a decieving title like you sometimes do) and had to post. I mean it's like reading "Eastwood does Cap" or "Proyas does Daredevil". This kind of news makes me believe those above scenarios could actually happen.

Honestly, I'm not even a super huge fan of Preacher, but I know that the series has an awesome reputation and a lot of people really love it. Seriously, as long as Revolutionary Road doesn't suck I'm guessing this will be the next "oscar bait" comic book film? Can you believe that's even a subgenre now?

Okay, I'm going to go back and actually read the article now.
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