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JohnMcMahon    561

HBO hears word, brings 'Preacher' to small screen

 

HBO has seen the light and is bringing "Preacher" to the small screen.

 

The pay cable network is developing a one-hour series based on the popular 1990s Vertigo comics series. Mark Steven Johnson, the writer-director behind comic adaptations "Daredevil" and the upcoming "Ghost Rider," is writing the pilot, while Howard Deutch is attached to direct. Johnson and Deutch will executive produce along with Michael De Luca, George Agusto, Chris Bender and JC Spink.

 

"Preacher," which ran from 1995-2000, told 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.

 

The series was created by Irish-born writer Garth Ennis and British artist Steve Dillon, who will serve as co-executive producers. Ken F. Levin, who reps the duo, also will serve as co-exec producer.

 

The series -- which developed a rabid fan base -- was known for tackling religious and political issues, its dark and violent sense of humor and its observations of American culture. It also was one of the series that helped define Vertigo, the adult-oriented line of comics from DC Comics.

 

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There have been several attempts to bring the comic to the screen, whether big or small, but nothing stuck. A movie version, to have been produced by Kevin Smith's View Askew, among others, got to the casting stage, with James Marsden attached for the title role and a reported budget of $25 million.

 

The project reunites Johnson with Deutch; Johnson wrote "Grumpier Old Men," which Deutch directed. Deutch's directing credits include TV's "Gleason," the pilot for "Melrose Place" and the 1986 film "Pretty in Pink." He is repped by ICM.

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This is stellar news if it's true, but last August, Ennis shot down the rumor once and for all, in his words. I posted a link here somewhere to a radio show he and Darick did in promo for THE BOYS in which he said there won't be a PREACHER series or movie so that he would stop being asked that question (like Warren Ellis, he's been burned more than a few times on people wanting to make PREACHER into a live action production--Ellis and Darick have been approached about TRANSMET 9 times without any fruition--including including twice by Sony).

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jaynova    1
This is a fresh round of stories which seem to have more to im.

 

Warren Ellis says on his site that Garth confirmed the series to him in an e-mail.

 

www.warrenellis.com

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*prays to the gods of video & film*

 

Oh, please oh please don't fuck this up! amen!

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Tony B.    50

I don't know, dude. My fingers are crossed. This could be awesome. They would have to make TREMENDOUS departures in order to make it bad. But we all know how that goes....

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Josh    6

They could "just" have the series go easy on God, and not have Genesis be the child of a demon and angel. And not have the lower order of angels be less than perfect in health and form, and snort coke. And not have the inbred descendant of Jesus. And not offend the Catholics with Father D'aronique. And not have Starr's organization be a religious one (the Grail, wasn't it?), etc cetera.

 

I'm truly hoping they don't fuck this up in order to appease a bunch of christian bigots who wouldn't want to see it in any case. Maybe with the entertainment media starting to show a willingness to deride rightwing fundamentalism over the last 5 years will come the guts to stick to Ennis's vision.

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Tony B.    50

As long as they have the beautiful interaction between characters (and find actors who can do the characters well) and address how people would react and deal with extraordinary situations (one of my favorite parts of Preacher) then it should be fine. It would be nice to have, but they don't really need stuff like the sex detectives, Jesus DeSade, or Odin Quincannon to make an engaging story. They do however need to keep the AllFather of the Grail. That stuff was hilarious and I'll be sad if he doesn't make it into the show.

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andy    2

If the show did dispense of Jesus DeSade, the Sex Detectives and the other one dimensional homosexual characters and not any of the other one dimensional Christian characters wouldn't that be HBO pandering to the "bigoted Homosexual agenda" or is it alright to be equally offensive to religious people, homosexuals, Irish alcoholics, vampires, art students, and those who have sex with Armadillos?

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Shawn    297

I'm thinking the beastiality will have to be implied rather shown. I don't think HBO is that daring.

Also, God won't be protrayed as such a prick.

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i just read the news that the vertigo comic preacher may become a series on HBO.

maybe this is the way hellblazer should go. this way they could do all the profanity, nudity, and voilence an horror that the comics have.

also they could do the character as he should be...british. maybe tim wroth for the part?

:icon_mgun:

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Jon    0

I think there was another thread regarding this matter.For what i remember, the preacher series was not going to be made.

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Josh    6
If the show did dispense of Jesus DeSade, the Sex Detectives and the other one dimensional homosexual characters and not any of the other one dimensional Christian characters wouldn't that be HBO pandering to the "bigoted Homosexual agenda"

No, in regard to the gay characters, it would be getting rid of lame crap that the story never needed in the first place.

 

EDIT - And what one dimensional Christian characters do you have in mind? Off hand I can't remember any.

 

 

or is it alright to be equally offensive to religious people, homosexuals, Irish alcoholics, vampires, art students, and those who have sex with Armadillos?

The religious elements are much more central to Preacher than are any individual freakish characters. I'm just guessing, but the religious elements are sure to offend many fundamentalists and some Catholics. The problem is that modifying the religious stuff enough to quiet theologically conservative Chriistians would eviiscerate Preacher. Modifying or eliminating most (or all?) of the gay characters wouldn't.

 

Now if you picked a story where unattractive gay characters were central to the story, for instance the play and movie The Boys in the Band, you couldn't toss them out because they're completely necessary, no matter what anyone of any political persuasion thought. I'm sure there are modern works of popular culture which include peripheral, gratuitous elements that insult subgroups of people of faith, but that's only a little true of Preacher.

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Abhimanyu    20

I'm so excited about this that I might have palpitations if i think about it too much. I'm having palpitations just thinking about how many hundreds of ways they could fuck this up and just how much I disliked Daredevil.

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Tony B.    50

I don't think there's any way this could be as bad as Daredevil. I'm going to try to stay optimistic about this.

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What is the projected air date? I swear, if PREACHER is successful, TRANSMETROPOLITAN could be even bigger done in the same format. I've already been bugging Darick to get Ennis to sort of point in TRANSMET's direction once they'd gotten started. Hey, look over there...cha-CHING, money boys! Cha-CHING!

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Abhimanyu    20

This is getting very wide reporting as complete fact (CNN, MSNBC etc) so there might be something to it this time, John's right. I'm just dying to hear about the casting decisions. I'm thinking they might be a major indicator of how good this is going to be.

 

Another thing that scared me is the fact that Howard Deutch is attached to do the regular directing (Daredvil guy just doing the pilot). This is the man that gave us such gems as Caroline in the City on TV and The Whole Ten Yards on film. I'm wondering what HBO guy was watching Pretty in Pink one day and thinking, yeah, this guy could direct mass murder, dismemberment, serial killing and cannibalism extremely well.

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