I Am Number Four's D.J. Caruso to Direct Preacher
02.24.11 by Ryan
An live-action adaptation of Preacher has been in the works for years, with Columbia Pictures hiring Sam Mendes to direct the movie in October 2008. Then in January 2009, screenwriter John August announced that he had been hired to write a screenplay adaptation. But the project went nowhere after Mendes dropped out of Preacher to direct the upcoming James Bond 23.
Now I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso has used Twitter to announce he's been hired to direct the adaptation.
My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f**king pumped!
While Caruso's Twitter isn't "verified" to be official by the site, so far no report has been issued to refute the announcement. Prior to Caruso's Tweet, the director told Comic Book Resources earlier this month that he the property.
I love the Wild West, man. I really love Preacher. It's fantastic. I think that's what would sell me [on taking on a comic book project again]. I don't know if this is still what's going on with it, but Sam was going to direct it, Sam Mendes, and John August was writing the screenplay.
Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher lasted a total of 77 issues, which released from 1995 to 2000 on DC Comics' Vertigo imprint that was targeted to mature readers. The comic book followed the adventures of a small Texas town preacher, Jesse Custer, who is possessed by a supernatural creature named Genesis that was created by the union of a demon and an angel. Custer travels through the United States in search of God, who has abandoned Heaven, and is joined in his quest by his old girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy. Caruso, who was previously attached to the apocalyptic Vertigo comic Y: The Last Man, told Comic Book Resources why Preacher appealed to him.
I like those because I think there's something, as cool and as f**king gnarly as they are, there's a great sort of core good vs. evil. The Genesis [in Preacher] being the mating of the angel and the Devil in a way; I love that kind of stuff. I love big themes, things like that. For me, it's something that I love and I read, but Y: The Last Man and Preacher are the two that I like a lot [for film potential treatments].
With only Caruso's announcement to go on, details are scarce. Whether August's screenplay will still be used or when Columbia is looking to release the movie is unknown. What Preacher does have is a director, which means that fans of the comic may see an adaptation sooner than later.
Caruso's I Am Number Four opened in second place at the box office, despite lousy reviews.