Sam Mendes to direct Preacher Movie
After languishing in development hell for years, Garth Ennis's misanthropic masterpiece finally gets a director.
First it was nearly a movie staring Xmens James Marsden and directed by Ghost Riders Mark Steven Johnson(thank god it was just a nearly!). Then HBO were set to produce a weekly show..but now fans of the controversial comic can rejoice as non other than Mr Winslet himself, Sam Mendes has signed on to direct a feature film version.
This Supernatural project is a departure for Mendes, who is best known for tackling suburban angst in such films as "American Beauty" and the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet starrer "Revolutionary Road."
But Mendes isn't new to the world of comicbooks: His drama "Road to Perdition" was also adapted from a graphic novel.
Neal Moritz ("I Am Legend") is producing through his Sony-based Original Film banner alongside Kickstart Prods.� Jason Netter ("Wanted"). Ken Levin and Ori Marmur exec produce.
Columbia is also developing another Ennis comicbook, "The Boys," which Moritz and Netter are producing together. (more on that later!)
The 75-issue "Preacher" series, which ran from 1995-2000, has been lauded with numerous kudos, including four Eisner Awards.
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