Well, can’t say as if I didn’t see this one coming. Word from director Mark Steven Johnson (“Ghost Rider”, “Daredevil”) is that the Preacher TV series he’s been developing over at HBO, to be based on the edgy and controversial comic book series by Garth Ennis of the same name, is all but dead. So what happened? The usual suspects when movies or projects get shelved — the guy who greenlit the development got replaced by someone else, who didn’t take too kindly to his predecessor’s projects, and so have found ways to trash them. Such is the fate of the Preacher TV show.
Johnson tells Comic Continuum as such:
“We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going,” Johnson told The Continuum. “But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point!
“It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word. They offered me the chance to redevelop it but I refused. I’ve learned my lesson on that front and I won’t do it again. So I’m afraid it’s dead at HBO.
“I’ve heard someone is in the process of getting the rights to turn it into a feature film. I hope that happens. But I hope it happens as a series of movies as one movie couldn’t do it justice. I really love that story and I dedicated a lot of my time to honor Garth’s work. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
A series of Preacher movies? Could work. Sure, it’ll be protested by the Catholic League and all their ilks, but free publicity is free publicity, right? It did wonders for “Tropic Thunder”…