Garth Ennis’ “Preacher” series is still the best comic book arc I’ve ever read. Ennis didn’t milk the series (like Image is doing with “The Walking Dead”) into boring oblivion and delivered one hell of a satisfying conclusion. I revisit the trades yearly, and burn through them within a weeks time. It’s such an awesome story that it puts my brain in a stupor trying to comprehend why it has never been adapted for the big (or small) screen. If “The Walking Dead” can be transformed into a phenomenon, why not “Preacher”? And Why is Sony dicking around with a franchise that comic fans are begging for? Who knows – but it pisses me off.
The last we heard, D.J. Caruso was attached to direct the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.
IAR spoke with Caruso who had this dismaying update:
“I’m still attached to ‘Preacher’ and we’re wrestling with Sony because I got another movie at Sony called ‘Invertigo,’ which is a big action film we’re trying to get going this summer,” he says, basically stating that Preacher is once again being treated like dirt. “So ‘Preacher’ got put on the back burner, but we’re still involved with ‘Preacher’ and hopefully we’ll have some good news on that soon.”
He explains that it needs to go through the studio’s “budget” process, something which could easily be avoided if they took in the ever-so-popular television route: “I think it’s one of those features that has to kind of go through the studio system if it’s going to be made for a certain price. So we’re kind of revisiting a way to approach making the movie in the right way.”
The right way is to hire someone who actually passionately, desperately wants to make it because, without that person, it’s just going to work its way through every writer and director in town before it eventually goes into turnaround.
In short, I’ve given up hope on this – again. And again. And again. SMFH.