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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?

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The Boys – Garth Ennis’ funny and disturbing comic book heading for the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2010

Garth Ennis is the genius comic book writer behind Preacher, Hitman and Punisher Max. Darick Robertson is the great comic book artist behind Hitman (my mistake, John McCrea worked on Hitman), Transmetropolitan and more. If you have read The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson then you know that it could make a brilliant movie. Although one that is guaranteed to draw complaints from people who like to complain about anything.

It is an American creator-owned comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by DC / Wildstorm, but moved to Dynamite Entertainment when Wildstorm felt a tad uneasy about the contents of the book. This news about a possible film may have some of the suits at DC going “Holy Sweet Jesus! What were we thinking?”

The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to the real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as “The Boys”, whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.

The team consists of Mother’s Milk, the Frenchman and the Female of the Species plus a new recruit at the start of the series called Wee Hughie whose look is based on Simon Pegg.

Artist Darick Robertson gave a recent update on the comic moving to the big screen.

“I had a nice meeting with the people at Kickstart [the film’s producers] and they were really cool,” Robertson told MTV News. “I can say that I think it’s in good hands over there. Apparently, the first draft of the screenplay is great. They’re very happy with the first draft and everybody is very enthusiastic about it.”

Robertson said that, while the comic’s creative team isn’t directly involved in the film’s development, they’re both being kept appraised of its progress — including a recently completed first draft of the screenplay.

“We’ll get a draft of that to read soon, but they were very open to me saying I’d like to be involved,” he explained. “I feel very confident — especially when we discussed the screenplay — that it’s faithful and they really are happy with it. They wanted it to be faithful and the writers seem to have delivered.”

“When they told me stuff that was in the script, it was all scenes from the comic,” he added.

“That’s the first draft, so that can turn around before you see it on screen, but I was enthusiastic just to hear they were being so faithful at the start,” he said. “If that’s what they’re starting with, then we’re in good shape.”

As to who will direct it well that looks as if Samuel Beyer (director of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake) would like to have a crack at it.

“There’s one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that’s bad-ass. I’d like to get it, it’s called The Boys.” said Beyer talking to STYD. “It’s about a group of mercenaries and they’re job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn’t get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like “The Dark Knight.” There are some great books I don’t think people have tapped into yet.”

I think The Boys would make a great film, but a better mini-series. I just hope that they are allowed to keep the tone and content of the comic book. If Kick-Ass does well at the box office then I forsee this being given the go ahead.

Would you like to see The Boys on the big screen? Who could play them (Pegg as Wee Hughie has got to happen)?

The Boys Volume 1: The Name Of The Game – Amazon.com
The Boys: The Name of the Game v. 1 – Amazon.co.uk

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Sam Mendes to direct James Bond 23

Posted by LiveFor on January 5, 2010

Looks like Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the venerable James Bond franchise according to THR.

Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.

Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing, along with “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan. Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007.

The film will be Mendes’ first action-heavy project, although his 2005 effort “Jarhead” was set amid U.S. war in Kuwait. Mendes’ last directorial effort, the road-trip dramedy “Away We Go,” grossed $10 million domestically last summer.

Could be good, could be bad. Still don’t have a proper grasp on what Mendes can do. I kind of enjoy his films, but they just don’t grab me. He is also attached to the Preacher adaption.

Is Mendes the right choice for Daniel Craig’s third mission as Bond? What do you want to see in the next Bond film?

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Exclusive Interview: David Sullivan – star of Primer & Skateland. He’d love to be Preacher & Kim Kardashian tried to kill him

Posted by LiveFor on December 8, 2009

David Sullivan was one of the main actors in the excellent, 2004 time travel film, Primer. It was written and directed by Shane Carruth and I highly recommend you watch it as it is probably the most realistic portrayal of time travel yet seen.

David has also appeared in various episodes of CSI, Criminal Minds and Boston Legal. Coming up he stars opposite Jeffrey Combs and Brian Austin Green in Urgency and the Ashley Green coming of age film, Skateland.

He is also on Twitter.

He was kind enough to agree to an interview with me. Without further ado let’s get to it.

Hi David thanks for taking the time to do this.

First of all, I am honored that you have taken the time to come up with some questions and have the interest in sharing my answers with your followers. It really means a great deal to me knowing that people care about what I say. Hope I’m not too boring!!

We’ve recently had Halloween. Who or what did you dress up as?

I really don’t dress up too much for halloween. I mean, I dress up, but it’s usually pretty general or homemade. This year, my girlfriend and I went to the costume shop a couple of hours before the party and came up with Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. She already had a green dress, so I bought a pirate hat and a hook, and she bought some wings, a wand and some hair glitter. Pretty lame, but we pulled it off. And, yeah, I somehow lost the hook and she lost the wand halfway through the night.

How did you become an actor? Was it something you always wanted to be or did you fall into it?

I can remember when I was like 4 years old in San Antonio with my grandparents and saw this little kid filming Cloak and Dagger. There were all these people around and he was getting so much attention. I loved the fact that everyone was just watching this little kid run around and have fun. I asked my grandparents what was going on and they told me all about it. It soundend awesome, but not realistic. I really don’t think that I had decided that it was a life choice, or at least something I wanted to pursue fully until after Primer though. I didn’t really think that you could make a living at doing it, so didn’t wanna waste my time, but after seeing the amazing response from Sundance and from people who would pay me to act, I really knew that I could devote my life to it and honestly love what i do.

Primer was your first feature film. How did you prepare for the highly complex plot and how do you think that film set you up for subsequent roles?

I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. I had done a couple of one act plays in high school playing 60 year old men, so the kind of acting that was necessary from Primer was something that I was completely uneducated on. I had read the script a number of times and though, very short, it was very wordy and complicated. I knew that the only way we were going to pull this off is if we sounded like we knew what we were talking about, and played it very natural and conversational. This is the total opposite from how one would act in a play. I studied the script literally night and day because I had just been laid off from my job and had little else to do. I would go to Shane’s place every day and run lines and build props and do all “preproduction.” (I learned that word much later.) We got to know each other very well in those two months! As far as prepping for subsequent roles, I think it actually hindered me, not my work ethic but how to approach auditions. For at least a year, I would approach auditions very conversational, and had no stakes or point of view. It wasn’t until I actually got involved in a class that I learned how to approach it with a strong POV and a purpose.

Could you ever see a sequel to it?

No. I honestly don’t think Shane would allow it. I would love to do one, but unless he’s offered millions, I honestly don’t think he’ll do it.

Apart from Primer what is your favourite film / book / TV show involving time travel?

Honestly, I never was a big fan of time travel, except for Back To The Future. I know that sounds really cheesy, but until I did Primer, I just saw movies as a type of entertainment. I never really looked at film as art or as a message or really anything other than an escape from real life for a couple hours. I began to watch movies differently after that. I really began seeing in to movies and trying to really understand why actors and directors do what they do in telling a story. I have come to enjoy movies now for a variety of reasons as opposed to just be entertained.

Do you prefer working on TV shows or feature films?

Honestly, until you’re a household name, you don’t really have a choice. I would love to do movies for the rest of my life, but I know that I have to climb the ladder, and usually that means doing a lot of TV. If there were tons of filmmakers out there who would like to employ me throughout the year, I would much rather do that. I would love to spend weeks studying a role and figuring out nuances and how he would think, then shoot it for a month, then start on the next. I am a logical person thought and I know that that is a ways down the road.

If you were killed by a movie monster which one would it be and what would your final words be?

A movie monster?? Wow, um….He would have to be a misunderstood monster, or at least one that I could see why it was doing what it was doing. I just can’t say Jason because he’s messed up in the head. It would have to be someone like Kevin Spacey in 7. He had a purpose and he thought that what he was doing was right. I would just say to him, “It’s ok. You can be loved if you allow yourself to be.” I think that’s what all monsters want, just to be loved and understood. Goodness! I just reread what I wrote and it sounds so stupid!!!

What have been your favourite films of 2009 so far?

Inglourious Basterds is the front runner, but I also enjoyed a number of others including: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Star Trek, Moon, freaking Paranormal Activity (it was so scary; i was smiling the whole time!) and The Hangover. I honestly didn’t see as many movies this year as I would have liked.

Comic book films are big business these days. Are there any comic book characters you would love to play?

I don’t read comics, but if I did get my choice, it would be Preacher. I think he’s a badass from East Texas who thinks he’s doing the Lord’s work. That’s kinda me in a nutshell!!

What film do you first remember watching?

Wow, good question. Growing up, we weren’t allowed to watch tv. My dad actually put our TV in the attic a couple of times a year to keep us away. Funny side note, my mom fell through the ceiling twice sneaking up there to watch it! The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was probably ET. I remember liking it and having way too much popcorn.

Which actor dead or alive would you most like to work with?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I would love to just stand there and react to what he would be giving me.

Your have a couple of films coming up. What can you tell us about Urgency and how was it working with genre giant Jeffrey Combs?

Urgency was a very low budget film that we shot around Christmas in LA. My trailer was very small and very cold. I remember being miserable the majority of the time. The couple of days I got to work with Jeffrey, I had a blast. He is such a nice guy and such a giving actor. I can see why so many people like him. I had a lot of fun with him.

Then there is Skateland, a coming of age drama set in the 80s. What role do you play in that and did you have to skate?

This movie just got in to Sundance last week, so I am very excited about that. I do know how to skate. I actually grew up going to Skateland, and the movie sorta reflects what it was like in small town Texas. I was so excited to work on this movie and to have the opportunity to go back home. We shot it less than an hour from where I am from. I think I get to be the comic relief in this film. I have worked with the writer/director [Anthony Burns] before and he really let me just improv a lot. I had a great time being the hardware store manager trying to help the young kid get additional work after the skating rink may be shut down.

After those films have hit what will we be able to see you in next and do you fancy directing your own feature?

I will be in CSI:NY on December 16th. There are a number of reality people in the episode for some reason. Kim Kardashian actually tries to kill me. I have been offered a couple of smaller movies to be shot this winter but haven’t really committed to anything. As far as directing, I have a long way to go. I love working with actors and trying new things out, but as far as the job of being in control/responsible for a big group of people, not sure if I’m ready for that yet. I have a lot to learn, and am excited about doing so.

David Sullivan thank you.

Some great stuff there. If you haven’t seen Primer go and whack it in your Netflix or Love Film queue or pick it up at Amazon UK or Amazon USA (other online stores are available).

What do you think about David playing Jesse Custer in Preacher?

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Preacher – Could John Cusack be Jesse Custer?

Posted by LiveFor on November 6, 2009

preacher-cassidy1In a recent interview with io9 John Cusack got chatting about a film based on a comic that he wanted to be involved with.

“It’s a vampire and a killer, and they’re on the road, and it’s this really strange story,” said Cusack.

Now Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon features Jesse Custer (who would be the priest) and Cassidy (an Irish Vampire) along with Tulip, Arse-Face, John Wayne (Bruce Campbell should play him in the film), Herr Starr and too many other twisted characters to mention.

If you’ve read the comics you will know how good they are. However, I never really picture Cusack as either JC or Cassidy.

Asked whether it Preacher he was thinking of, Cusack said, “I think it might have been ‘Preacher,'” and added that he was “trying to” get involved with the long-in-development project.

The actor, who’s appearing in theaters next weekend in the disaster flick “2012,” said he’s most interested one of the two leads, “either the vampire or the priest.”

“One of those two guys,” he said.

Last I heard about the Preacher film was that Sam Mendes was down to direct it but they were waiting for a workable script – like many others I wish it would be a series on HBO to get the full story.

Mind you maybe he is thinking of Priest which also involves priests and vampires, but that’s already started filming with Paul Bettany in the lead.

Do you think John Cusack was talking about Preacher? Would he be good in either of the roles? If not him then who would?

Now if they could get Clint Eastwood involved as the Saint of Killers.

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Vincenzo Natali’s Splice – First look at some of the human-chimera horror

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2009

spliceThere have been lots of photos from this film (back in November 2008 and some back in February 2009).

Here is our first look at Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren” (Delphine Chanéac), the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.



Dren still has the whole Herr Starr from Preacher thing going on with her head.

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Preacher – First draft is written says Sam Mendes

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

Chatting with MTV News this weekend about his upcoming film Away We Go, director Sam Mendes mentioned a few details about the status of his much-anticipated, big-screen version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, Preacher. He did say that screenwriter John August is moving along with his first draft.

“He’s doing pretty well,” Mendes told MTV News, “He’s about halfway through. There’s a long way to go yet, but I’m very, very hopeful. I think it could be amazing.”

The only other fact that Mendes is sure of at this point is that, while he can envision the film as a franchise, he’s going to give his all to make the first film great and self-contained.

“You have to try and get one really good and then, if you’re lucky, you can make a second or a third,” said Mendes. “You can create something that’s going to run. But I think that there’s certainly more than enough for one good movie and plenty left over.”

Though casting is still a long way off, Mendes seemed excited at the prospect of bringing the characters to life, saying the series has some “real good roles in there”.

I am a big, big Preacher fan (I’ve got all the original issues) and would love to see this on the big screen. The fact it could be spin out into more than one film is great news as it is a huge story and it would be foolish to chuck it all into one. Mind you a TV series would have been better for the story, but that was shelved a while back.

Now what do you want to see in the first Preacher film? Who should play Jesse, Tulip, Cassidy, The Saint of Killers, Herr Starr and Arseface? Do you think Mendes is the right choice to direct it?

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UPDATED: Splice – Cool photos of Dren are out

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2009

Bloody Disgusting have these photos of Splice. The new film by Vincenzo Natali. I posted other photos a while back.

It stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as scientists who create a new life form called Dren (Delphine Chanéac). Think Dren can feel the love from them above.

UPDATE: Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film tells of Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists who defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named Dren, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.
Sounds a bit like Frankenstein with a hint of Species but an awful lot of First Born – that old TV show with Charles Dance who plays a scientist who spliced together human and animal DNA (Gorilla to be precise) to create a new organism. This time the kid was called Gor. You can guess how that turned out.
I still think Dren looks like Herr Starr from the Preacher comics with that weird scar she’s got.

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The Random – True Lies 2, Preacher, Heath Ledger, Benjamin Button, Torso, London Boulevard, G.I. Joe, Star Trek

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2009

Tom Arnold is talking about getting True Lies II together again, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger on board – “If all goes as planned, the day Arnold leaves office, we will again team with Jim Cameron and do a comedy. Jim says it might not be called True Lies II, but it will be fun.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John August will be stepping in for scripting duties on the adaption of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. Sam Mendes is still down to direct it. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could get Clint Eastwood to play the Saint of Killers.

Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Oscar Nomination arrives on the Anniversary Of his death.

The LATimes have the interesting news that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button may not be profitable despite being nominated for a load of Oscars.

Paramount has let the rights to the novel behind the film adaptation of Torso lapse meaning David Fincher’s planned film is all up in the air. Paramount had an option on the novel and had the rights to extend that option but let that slip last month. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Colin Farrell is to star in London Boulevard with Keira Knightley. The crime drama based on Ken Bruen’s novel of the same name, is to be directed by the writer of The Departed, William Monahan, who is making his directorial debut. Farrell will be playing a London-based criminal just released from a stint in prison who tries to give up his gangster way of life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive actress, played by Knightley. First Showing have more.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Stephen Sommers about G.I. Joe“I always loved the old Bonds. It’s funny now how Bond wants to be Bourne. I loved Quantum of Solace, but it was like, man, this is a completely different movie to the Bonds I grew up with. In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there’s an underwater battle under the polar icecap that’s Thunderball times 10!”

USAToday.com has a first look at the new line of Star Trek toys which will be released in association with JJ Abrams’ new film. The Transporter PlaySet comes with Scotty and features real transporter beam effects (I assume that doesn’t mean the ability to teleport objects is contained within it’s plastic structure).

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UPDATED: Splice – Photo of Dren or is it Herr Starr after Jesse Custer got hold of him?

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2008

Shocktillyoudrop have this photo of Dren, the human/creature created by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley scientists in Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Actress Delphine Chanéac plays Dren.

Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film tells of Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists who defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named Dren, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.

UPDATE: I mentioned it in the comment but had to alter the heading for this post. That scar on Dren’s head is most unfortunate (I imagine in the film it will open up into some kind of weird mouth thing like the old Sci-Fi channel link), and is very much like the scar Jesse Custer carved into Herr Starr’s head in Preacher. Anyone else see what I mean?

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