Preacher

Preacher Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics), with painted covers by Glenn Fabry. Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in a small Texas town who is accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church. Garth Ennis, feeling Preacher would translate perfectly as a film, sold the film rights to Electric Entertainment. Rachel Talalay was hired to direct, with Ennis writing the script. Rupert Harvey and Tom Astor were set as producers. By May 1998, Ennis completed three drafts of the script, based largely on the Gone to Texas story arc. The filmmakers found it difficult financing Preacher because investors found the idea religiously controversial. Ennis approached Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier to help finance the film under their View Askew Productions banner. Ennis, Smith and Mosier pitched Preacher to Bob Weinstein at Miramax Films. Weinstein was confused by the characterization of Jesse Custer. Miramax also did not want to share the box office gross with Electric Entertainment, ultimately dropping the pitch. By May 2000, Smith and Mosier were still attached to produce with Talalay directing, but Smith did not know the status of Preacher, feeling it would languish in development hell. By then, Storm Entertainment, a UK-based production company known for their work on independent films, joined the production with Electric Entertainment. In September 2001, the two companies announced Preacher had been greenlighted to commence pre-production, with filming to begin in November and Talaly still directing Ennis' script. The production and start dates were pushed back because of financial issues of the $25 million projected budget. James Marsden was cast in the lead role sometime in 2002. In a March 2004 interview, Marsden said the filmmakers were hoping for filming to start the following August. With the full-length film adaptation eventually abandoned with budgetary concerns, HBO announced in November 2006 that they commissioned Mark Steven Johnson and Howard Deutch to produce a television pilot. Johnson was to write with Deutch directing. Impressed with Johnson's pilot script, HBO had him write the series bible for the first season but by August 2008, new studio executives at HBO decided to abandon the idea, finding it too stylistically dark and religiously controversial. Columbia Pictures then purchased the film rights in October 2008 with Sam Mendes directing. Neal H. Moritz and Jason Netter are producing the film. The previous scripts written by Ennis will not be used.
While speaking to Collider, Goldberg discusses his plans to bring (along with Seth Rogen) Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's gloriously messed up comic series to the small screen for an AMC tv show. The plan is to be as faithful to the comic as possible, but they'll "need to change some stuff".
It has been confirmed today that The Is The End's Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will indeed be adapting Preacher for AMC, while Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin has joined the project as showrunner. Hit the jump for details on the series and comments from all those involved.
According to Bleeding Cool, although AMC has acquired North American broadcast rights for the show, the adaptation of Garth Ennis' controversial comic series will actually be a Sony Pictures Television production. They've also confirmed that Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg are on board.
Yes, a pilot for an adaptation Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's brilliant but controversial comic series has been ordered at AMC, the network that brought us Breaking Bad and Mad Men. This is great news for fans who didn't want to see the story condensed into one movie! Read on for more.
Director D.J. Caruso provides an update on the status of the Preacher movie and also discusses the chances of an I Am Number Four sequel. "I'm still attached to Preacher," says Caruso.
After the jump, check out what producer Neal Moritz (R.I.P.D., The Green Hornet) had to say about the upcoming film adaptations of The Boys and Preacher during a little chat with the guys over at Collider.
In the past Skyfall's Sam Mendes, was attached to direct a film adaptation of "Preacher," a DC/Vertigo Comics' series that was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon.
"It is something that could be greenlit at some time but honestly, it won't be any time soon."
John August, the screenwriter of Tim Burton's latest stop-motion animated film, "Frankenweenie," describes the development of "Preacher" film as "gestating." Hit the jump to check it out.
Garth Ennis' ground breaking Maxi-series is in development hell, and while a Writer and some select actors may have been chosen, I have a better way of going about it.
While chatting to MTV about Transformers: DOTM, LaBeouf admitted that he loves the Preacher comic by Garth Ennis and would be all for playing the horrifically scarred character, Arseface..
CloneWeb got an interview with I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso and the star Alex Pettyfer, talking about the Vertigo adaptation...
Will optimism go a long way in regards to D.J. Caruso's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher or should we just wait for a reboot?
Well, here we go...It is now confirmed that director D.J. Caruso will helm the long awaited big screen adaptation of Preacher for Columbia Pictures. More after the jump!
According to /Film, we may finally have some movement of the long time in development Hell adaptation of Garth Ennis' beloved Preacher comic series..
It looks like that director Darren Aronofsky is a potential choice to helm a long in development big screen version of DC's comic book property the Preacher!
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..
The A-Team director shares his thoughts on making a movie adaptation of Marvel's Taskmaster and the Vertigo comic book, Preacher...
The award winning writer thinks it would be difficult to make Preacher. Would The Boys be the easiest of his original works to move forward with?
All together now...lets PRAY. At least for a director!
MTV asked the actor about those his comments from last year about starring in Sam Mendes's Preacher adaptation...
Why Preacher will never grace a screen.
io9 recently interviewed the actor about a possible role in a CBM, and he name dropped Garth Ennis's awesome Preacher..Well, he wasn't actually sure of the name..but anyway, read on!
Rose McGowan may be producing the Preacher mini-series for HBO with former Charmed star Holly Marie Combs and actress Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl.
The script is done and looks good.