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Mendes talks Preacher

11.07.2008

Plenty of comic fans got reasonably excited about the recent news that the outstanding DC/Vertigo book PREACHER would finally receive the feature treatment, and under the direction of someone as capable as Sam Mendes (ROAD TO PERDITION).

Apparently it was premature -- as Mendes explains to Empire, "Basically they should have written, ‘Mendes in development with PREACHER’. What I’m doing is, I’ve gotta find a script. I’ve just got to get it written." So while he's jazzed about tackling the controversial material, it's still early days on the project.

The comic (conveniently collected in trade paperbacks, which you should get, pronto) came from the twisted heads of writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. The story follows a pugilistic Texas preacher who becomes imbued with supernatural power, teams with his amateur assassin ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, and sets off to track down God while dodging the Saint of Killers. And yes, it's actually far more insane than that sounds.

Extra Tidbit: Too bad Mendes couldn't lure the property back to HBO or another daring cable outlet...
Source: Empire

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7:32AM on 11/10/2008
Originally I saw Cillian Murphy as Jesse, Willem Dafoe as Cassidy and Marley Shelton as Tulip. Sam Elliot would have made a great Saint but he's getting on a bit. This should still be a nine part mini-series, there's too much that would get missed in a movie. What's the betting they would miss out Arseface or Herr Starr or something?
Originally I saw Cillian Murphy as Jesse, Willem Dafoe as Cassidy and Marley Shelton as Tulip. Sam Elliot would have made a great Saint but he's getting on a bit. This should still be a nine part mini-series, there's too much that would get missed in a movie. What's the betting they would miss out Arseface or Herr Starr or something?
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6:38PM on 11/09/2008

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I first pictured Johnny Depp in the role and I hope Mendes does too.
I first pictured Johnny Depp in the role and I hope Mendes does too.
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7:13PM on 11/08/2008
Michael keaton looks perfect for the role.. i mean look at the guy, they look so alike
Michael keaton looks perfect for the role.. i mean look at the guy, they look so alike
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2:59AM on 11/08/2008

YEAH!

MICHAEL KEATON! that's who that looks like, nice
MICHAEL KEATON! that's who that looks like, nice
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2:57AM on 11/08/2008

i didn't read the article but...

...can they please cast Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Baccon, Josh Brolin and Goldie Hawn simply based on the image attached to this article (if they could go back in time and shoot each in their prime (accidental rhyme)) ?
...can they please cast Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Baccon, Josh Brolin and Goldie Hawn simply based on the image attached to this article (if they could go back in time and shoot each in their prime (accidental rhyme)) ?
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1:35AM on 11/08/2008
tht dude looks like Michael Keaton.
tht dude looks like Michael Keaton.
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1:20AM on 11/08/2008
Mendes is talanted. The source material is terrific. It will make a good movie as simple as that.

Saying this won't work because they can't squeeze every single issue into the film is pretty much a null statement. It's like saying Watchmen won't work because they can't squeeze in every detail from all twelve issues, or that a Lord of The Rings film trilogy couldn't work because they couldn't fit the whole series into just three films. Just like any adaptation they'll have to cut some things,
Mendes is talanted. The source material is terrific. It will make a good movie as simple as that.

Saying this won't work because they can't squeeze every single issue into the film is pretty much a null statement. It's like saying Watchmen won't work because they can't squeeze in every detail from all twelve issues, or that a Lord of The Rings film trilogy couldn't work because they couldn't fit the whole series into just three films. Just like any adaptation they'll have to cut some things, and of course fans are going to worry about what gets cut, but that's exactly what makes it an "adaptation" to begin with. Every book or comic that's ever been turned into a movie has had something cut, so I'm not sure why we'd expect Preacher to be any different. To be honest, it's not like each individual issue is absolutelty vital to the understanding of the overall story. I think you could pretty easily get the gist of it in three films which, based on the success of TDK, is probably exactly what they're planning.
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1:11AM on 11/08/2008
I don't think this is a good idea for theatrical release. I can just see the bad press and boycotts now. Theater chains wont touch it like a NC17 film. I like the idea of a HBO or Showtime series tho. People are too thin skinned about the religious stuff these days.
I don't think this is a good idea for theatrical release. I can just see the bad press and boycotts now. Theater chains wont touch it like a NC17 film. I like the idea of a HBO or Showtime series tho. People are too thin skinned about the religious stuff these days.
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12:01AM on 11/08/2008
unless the movie is nine hours or nine movies, i really don't think this will work.
really it needs to be on HBO, or if they're still too much of a pussy, go to Showtime. it can come on after Dexter
unless the movie is nine hours or nine movies, i really don't think this will work.
really it needs to be on HBO, or if they're still too much of a pussy, go to Showtime. it can come on after Dexter
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