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Director Sam Mendes Discusses His ‘Preacher’ Adaptation That Never Happened, But Says It Would Be Good For TV

A while back, before Skyfall, Sam Mendes was looking to do a film adaptation of the highly popular Preacher series by Garth Ennis. Unfortunately, that quickly sunk with many other ships and has since been lost somewhere in the Hollywood undertow. Recently, Mendes spoke with Collider about “Preacher”, why it never got off the ground, and how it could make a good TV series. Check out some quotes below.

Mendes spoke, saying a big reason the adaption never happened was because he didn’t know how to make it work:
“The other problem was I could not find a way of making Preacher—tonally it’s a very difficult thing to make work, and there’s a reason why it’s struggled so much. It’s a brilliant graphic novel, I loved it, but a lot of it takes place in the real world and we’re surrounded now by fantasy and superhero genre pictures which are full of eye candy. And actually, Preacher is much more real world, it’s more of a Southern Gothic with elements of the fantastic in it; it’s a quite difficult thing to balance. So it wasn’t just that I sort of walked away from it because they wouldn’t pay for it or anything like that, it was because I couldn’t really make it work, I couldn’t find a way of defining what it was onscreen. My strong suspicion is someone will come along who has a really good take on it and is able to do it.”

Mendes was asked if he thought “Preacher” could make a successful adaptation for TV, to which he said:
“I do, actually. If you look at somewhere between Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, True Blood—that world of real but fantasy, the two mixed, it’s young and sexy and it’s got many, many chapters. Actually when I saw that it was a possible HBO or a possible cable show, I thought ‘that’s a great way to do it,’ because then you can let it develop gradually, because there’s also a huge amount of it.”



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