Preacher Update: Has A New Director Signed On?

The film's producer Neil Moretz speaks to Total Film about the sript, and there is also a reveal by the mag that another director has taken over from Sam Mendez..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 9/1/2010
News on the proposed adap of Garth Ennis' controversial comic series has been practically non existant since Sam Mendez seems to have abandoned his plans to direct in favor of the next James Bond movie. But Total film have a small update in the form of a few words from the film's producer Neil Moretz..

"John(August, the screenwriter) has done a really faithful adaptation but made it probably more accessible to a broader audience"

Well, that was kind of inevitable really. But he also says..

"The movie is definately R rated. And its an amazing central character"

So, maybe not quite as extreme as the comic. But lets face it, if it was a direct translation is would most likley never see the light of day. I don't mind a bit of toning down, but any DUMBING down will completely neuter it I think. Anyway, moving on to the best bit of news. It would seem that the film has found a new director. After this brief interview Total Film go on to say..

"Another unnamed director has apparently signed on"

Is this a juicy nugget given to them by Moretz? I have mailed them to see if I could glean any more info. Either way, its the first we have heard of a potential successor to Mendez so I hope its true..depending on the director of course!

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jessecuster75 - 9/1/2010, 11:34 AM
this would work best as a hbo mini series otherwise they need to cut it down drastically for a movie and make it 3hour long movies to posibly make it a trilogy but i would prefer mini series and get everything in
BillyBlack - 9/1/2010, 11:34 AM
Awesome news, and thanks for sharing Ror.

I'm with you completely. I pray they don't try to dumb it down for the mainstream, but I have faith in August.

Give me David Fincher!
Teslok - 9/1/2010, 11:35 AM
doesn't sound too good...
LEEE777 - 9/1/2010, 11:36 AM
Wicked news...

But until I actually see this filmed and out with a trailer I wont hold my breath...

This and SANDMAN needs to be done!
BillyBlack - 9/1/2010, 11:38 AM
HBO series will never happen.

Almost did, but nevermore. While everyone agrees, and has done so repeatedly on this site, that a pay cable series would be best. It looks to be an impossiblity. You'll just have to make due with a big screen adaptation. Let's just hope this film actually progresses and is able to be made correctly.
marvel72 - 9/1/2010, 11:43 AM
@ leee777

yeah,your right.

until i hear filming has begun,i'm not getting to excited.

sandman,most definetly.

i'm surprised they haven't already made this
LEEE777 - 9/1/2010, 12:07 PM
DEADPOOL @ Yeah its been too many years lol and SANDMAN and WB needs to wake up before now your right!

Intruder @ ExactlY, source a must!!!

We don't want following FOX!
marvel72 - 9/1/2010, 12:25 PM
@ leee777

if they adapt it as well as the adapted watchmen,i'd be pleased.
Bandrews1 - 9/1/2010, 12:36 PM
I just hope its someone who has the right vision and serious about staying faithful to it.
bjvb997 - 9/1/2010, 1:23 PM
By far one of my favorites, toned down version wouldn't be bad. But they really need to do a trilogy you could do a good chunk of the story as one movie and when it does well make another on or two. But lets hope they don't try to "mainstream" it to much otherwise it will just be horrible.
Breasticles7 - 9/1/2010, 1:27 PM
James Franco for Custer!
CaptainQuirk - 9/1/2010, 1:29 PM
@BillyBlack

Totally agree! David Fincher would be perfect.
Stumblin - 9/1/2010, 1:43 PM
I haven't read these books yet but I know the concept and it sounds awesome.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/1/2010, 1:58 PM
I wonder who that director is? Fincher would be great!!
This movie needs sick mind on the directors chair so my dream choice would be Croenenberg! Aronofsky wouldnt be bad either! If Guy Pearce would be little pit younger, he would make a great Jesse Custer!:D Woody Harrelson or Mickey Rourke as Jody. Willem Dafoe as Herr Starr. Michael Fassbender or Ewan McGregor as Cassidy. Sharon Stone with lots of make up as Marie L´Angella (She would be total evil bitch in that role)
Chris Cooper as Sheriff Hugo Root.
P862010 - 9/1/2010, 2:01 PM
Sam Rockwell for the vampire
Wolfman22 - 9/1/2010, 2:04 PM
Madds Mickelson For the lead role
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/1/2010, 2:11 PM
Or Kevin Durand as Jody?!
Wolfman22 - 9/1/2010, 2:19 PM
ya thats a good one alex
Geeksiah - 9/1/2010, 2:22 PM
I Agree, this should be an HBO series, there is enough for three good seasons.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/1/2010, 2:31 PM
Wolfman22@ Which one?... Durand?! I thought so too!
RichardTheNerd - 9/1/2010, 2:38 PM
I agree with the HBO series approach -- but I've been following John August on Twitter for ages, and he once said that the movie doesn't contain the entire story, with a view to making sequels.
RichardTheNerd - 9/1/2010, 2:39 PM
Oh and I say Clint Eastwood for the Saint of Killers!
Jordacar - 9/1/2010, 2:46 PM
This needs to be a cable show, in the vein of TRUE BLOOD or DEXTER or BREAKING BAD. Since the HBO deal fell through, maybe they could offer it to Showtime then. It would be great revenge to see it come out a hit on another network.

Also, if they made the show, they should strongly consider setting it in the 90s instead of the present day. That's my 2 cents.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/1/2010, 3:14 PM
Tricky@ Great choice!:D
preacher - 9/1/2010, 4:43 PM
STARZ would be a great choice for this, seeing as Spartacus: Blood & Sand was pretty graphic. To do Preacher right, it CAN'T be toned down! That was part of the fun of the whole story! EVERYTHING that was in the comic could be filmed and shown on STARZ. Check out Spartacus if you don't believe me. I've never really been one to get too irate if the film doesn't necessarily hold completely true to the comic, but this one...I'll lose my [frick]ing mind if they do TOO much chopping!
IsaiahBradley - 9/1/2010, 6:25 PM
I'm content with Preacher just simply being a dope ass comic. I rather not see Hollywood mess it up.
jessecuster75 - 9/1/2010, 10:16 PM
james franco as preacher definately too bad patricia arcette is too old she would have been a perfect tulip like around the time she shot true romance
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CaptainQuirk - 9/2/2010, 4:58 AM
James Franco is too clean-cut for the role. I reckon they should go for a more mature, nitty-gritty vibe. My dream team would be....

Jesse Custer - Guy Pearce
Cassidy - Colin Farrell
Tulip O'Hare - Ali Larter

....with David Fincher in the director's chair!
IsaiahBradley - 9/2/2010, 6:09 AM
Hell no to Guy Pearce and his acne scared face as Jesse. Jesse needs to be played by someone with a more wholesome look to him. A country boy with the guy next door good looks...
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/2/2010, 7:07 AM
IsaiahBradley@ Then its probably James Franco?!

Heh... And Scarlett Johansson as Tulip!:D lol
jessecuster75 - 9/2/2010, 2:24 PM
i think franco can pull off jesse as for cassidy well its my dream to get to play him but don't have my union card yet but i'm tryin hard its my goal to play him or would love to be matt murdock in an ongoing tv show
TheDetectiveComicRises - 12/4/2010, 5:32 PM
Another good thing for DC!

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