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Preacher – Sam Mendes is off, but Jesse Custer is still searching for God

Posted by LiveFor on April 9, 2010

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon made comic book gold when they made Preacher. The film has been in development hell and Sam Mendes had been attached to direct, but he is now off the project as he will be making the new Bond film. I still think that Preacher would work best as a TV show so they could take their time, but from the sound of it they will at least turn it into a trilogy.

Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

During the course of their journeys, the three encounter enemies and obstacles both sacred and profane, including: the Saint of Killers, an invincible, quick-drawing, perfect-aiming, come-lately Angel of Death answering only to “He who sits on the throne”; a serial-killer called the ‘Reaver-Cleaver’; The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus; Herr Starr, ostensible Allfather of the Grail, a megalomaniac with a penchant for prostitutes, who wishes to use Custer for his own ends; several fallen angels; and Jesse’s own redneck ‘family’ — particularly his nasty Cajun grandmother, her mighty bodyguard Jody, and the ‘animal-loving’ T.C.

Collider spoke to Producer Neil Moritz, who gave some info on the current state of the film that may start filming next year.

“We were originally talking with Sam Mendes about doing the movie. Sam Mendes is going to go off and do the Bond movie, so there’s another director that we’re talking to right now.”

“We’ve got a great script. John August wrote a script that I think is terrific. The hardest thing was with all the books-the Preacher books-was how to distill it down. And what he made the smart decision instead of trying to cram everything into one, there’s plenty of room for 2 or 3 movies. So that’s what he’s done and he’s done a really faithful adaption but made it probably more accessible to a broader audience right now. That movie’s definitely R-rated and it’s an amazing central character.”

They then ask Moritz if August could possibly direct the film.

“You know it’s interesting you say that. I had a meeting with him recently and we started talking about directors and we were talking about some really, you know, lofty directors. And he said you know if you don’t get one of those I’d be interested in it. I said we’ll talk about it. “

Good to know things are moving ahead. Now the important questions. Who should play Jesse, Cassidy, Tulip, Herr Starr and the Saint of Killers?

2 Responses to “Preacher – Sam Mendes is off, but Jesse Custer is still searching for God”

  1. Dan said

    I always thought graphic novels were rather silly. Comics for adults who haven’t grown up.

    One day, a good friend very quietly handed me the first ‘Preacher’ compilation with the words “Just read this, then you’ll understand”.

    I was absolutely hooked – mind opened up to just how marvellous graphic novels could be.

    This project is very, very exciting and I urge anyone who hasn’t read the Preacher series to seek them out. Hell, borrow them from the library if you don’t want to chance the cash.

    I can’t wait to see this hit the big screen and I sincerely hope they haven’t pulled any punches in adapting it.

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