The “Preacher” saga is one of my favourite graphic novels. It is Vertigo series by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon that ran for 75 issues from 1995 – 2000. “Preacher” is shockingly violent and profane, some would even label it blasphemous. So it’s not surprising that an adaptation has taken so long. Previously, a number of filmmakers and studios showed interest, but they all backed down due to various concerns ranging from the difficulty of translating the material to screen properly, to budget, to casting. The last Electroshadow heard, director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye”) was attached, and that was 2 years ago.

As it turns out, Caruso claims the project is still alive and he is on it. In an interview with I Am Rogue, he spoke about the challenges he’s facing: “I’m still attached to Preacher and we’re wrestling with Sony because I got another movie at Sony called Invertigo, which is a big action film we’re trying to get going this summer. So Preacher got put on the back burner, but we’re still involved with Preacher and hopefully we’ll have some good news on that soon. Todd August wrote a great script. I think it’s one of those features that has to kind of go through the studio system if it’s going to be made for a certain price. So we’re kind of revisiting a way to approach making the movie in the right way.”

Caruso had mentioned before that he wanted Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) to play the title role of Jesse Custer in the film, and “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf is apparently interested in playing the villainous freak “Arseface.” Stay tuned for more updates as they come…

 

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