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Spain    66
I don't think it's [American Beauty] complete shit, just nowhere near as clever or profound as it thinks it is.

It's worthly to see John Doe, stoned, talking about Reanimator.

But I wouldn't watch it a second time, except for that minute.

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slinker    893

you can't really get to know those characters in a movie like you could have on a series. i think at best it will be a well intended disappointment, along with so many other pavestones along the path to hell.

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jae    0

I still see it taking a load of time to get made and Sam Mendes is at his best when creating aspects of American Life; whereas, in Road to Perdition, Mendes softened the story and added a Jude Law's character but then the major problem everyone had with the movie was you couldn't attach yourself to the characters. Wherein, A History of Violence movie albeit different from the graphic novel works because the audience is more involved with the characters.

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slinker    893

Exclusive: Sam Mendes Talks Preacher

 

The latest from the (very) wild West

Exclusive: Sam Mendes Talks Preacher

 

Last year Empire talked to Sam Mendes about his planned Preacher adaptation and today, in between asking intelligent questions about his latest movie Away We Go, we got the latest on the project from the Oscar winning director. And the good news is that Preacher is inching closer to fruition - and that there is a script.

 

"It's getting closer," says Mendes. "I've seen a script and it's very good. We're a little further down the road than when I last spoke to you."

 

Created by comic-book wizards Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the titular Preacher is Jesse Custer, a Southern priest inhabited by a heavenly being called Genesis in incident that kills off his entire congregation and sends him onto a demented hunt for an explanation. From God. If you're not familiar with the comic-book series, think Jonah Hex turned up to 12, with added supernatural powers and a supercharged moral indignation that makes Harry Callahan look like Reg Hollis.

 

If all this fire and brimstone sounds like an unusual choice for a man who's specialised in beautifully-crafted explorations of American family life, rest very assured for Mendes is a Preacher fanboy: "I love graphic novels - Road To Perdition was based on graphic novel - so I'm used to that form and Preacher is absolutely brilliant. I certainly feel it's a movie."

 

"It's funny, it's violent as hell, it's extremely blasphemous and profane, but it has an amazingly skilful tone," says Mendes. "I met Garth Ennis and I'm just a huge fan of it."

 

Custer, Tulip and Cassidy may have to wait in line, however, for Mendes to finish another adaption. Joseph O'Neill's Netherland is next on the Mendes slate, with screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement) currently working on a first draft. "It's a brilliant novel but not an obvious film, so it needs a fair amount of work. I'm definitely committed to trying to make one out of it, though, and if anyone can do it, Christopher Hampton can. He's the most wonderful writer." The New York-set novel about an ex-pat who discovers cricket does seem an uncanny fit for the New York-based ex-pat cricket fan. "I thought 'I can't not do this', or at least try...". More on both projects as we get it.

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slinker    893
"Big Fish" scribe John August has been tapped to adapt the supernatural graphic novel "Preacher" for Columbia.

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James    38

I would've been excited eight or nine years ago, but I think the time for a Preacher movie is long gone.

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Abhimanyu    20

I would've been excited eight or nine years ago, but I think the time for a Preacher movie is long gone.

 

I'll be happy if it is true and actually pans out. But yeah, it does seem like this is the latest in a decade of Preacher-related phantom newsflashes.

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James    38

Ennis should be making good money off these non-starters, though - he'll be getting a payoff every time the rights are bought up by another production company.

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Kejoxen    0

Doubtful, Columbia probably optioned back in the 90's for peanuts. Might be one of those deals where they hold the option as long as it's in some form of development too, Ennis probably isn't getting anything.

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Kejoxen    0

That's strange I would've expected Warners to have picked it back up if it was available that recently, hence my conclusion that Columbia must have had it for a while. I don't see the point of making a movie out of it really, the ground has been covered by loads of other things since.

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slinker    893

I still would have preferred a series version of Preacher over a feature film.

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slinker    893

my point is that there were over 60 issues, which similarly to Walking Dead, would probably work better as a serialized TV show. Personally, I don't want them to introduce new characters or plotlines in PREACHER. I'm cool with that happening in WD but with PREACHER (which was my first favorite adult comic) they best not change much. Thusly, not changing much would sort of prohibit a feature film presentation format of 1.65 to 2.0 hrs. It's just my hangups, man, nothing worth bothering about for more than one post.

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Abhimanyu    20

I agree with Slinker. There's too much good stuff there to be covered in one movie.

 

That said, I'm pretty sure this is all academic. I seriously doubt this project is ever going to happen.

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St. Apathy    140

I get that, but I'm not a fan of adaptations that are too beholding. I wouldn't mind if there were shortcuts or certain arcs that were cut out or drastically altered.

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slinker    893

Oh definitely. Like all of New Orleans and most of Salvation (except for Quincannon and his giant "meat lover").

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Abhimanyu    20

I wouldn't mind if there were shortcuts or certain arcs that were cut out or drastically altered.

 

Agreed.

 

That would still leave a lot of hilarious, entertaining and otherwise worthy material - definitely more than a two hour feature could handle.

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St. Apathy    140

I did also say probably more than one, but I know what you're saying.

 

66 issues, the Saint mini, Starr's one shot. By my count that's about three HBO seasons. It's not that I don't think Preacher would work best as a TV show, but I don't know if I'll enjoy it in that form.

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Preacher could be done as a trilogy of films with the following structure; Gone to Texas, Till the end of the World, and Proud Americans being one film, Dixie Fried and War in the Sun being the second film, and finally Salavation, All Hell's A-coming, and Alamo being the third and final film. You sprinkle a little bit of stuff from One Man's War and Saint of Killers story into the second film, and you have a kick ass film trilogy that will never get made.

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slinker    893
DJ Caruso To Direct Preacher

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 

Ending a week of speculation, DJ Caruso has confirmed he’ll direct an adaptation of Preacher, the acclaimed comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

 

“My deal just closed on Preacher,” Caruso wrote last night on Twitter. “Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!” He didn’t provide any additional details.

 

A planned adaptation has passed from director to director, studio to studio and from film to television to back to film. In late 2006, HBO announced it had signed Mark Steven Johnston and Howard Deutch to write and direct a television pilot. However, by August 2008, new network executives had abandoned the planned series. Two months later Columbia Pictures bought the film rights for Sam Mendes, who left the project last April to direct the next James Bond film.

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