Gossip: Could Aronofsky Direct Preacher?

Earlier this week Darren Aronofsky, hot on the heels of the critical success of “Black Swan”, was linked to the Christopher Nolan produced “Superman” reboot. If the latest rumors hold any credence, he might have to choose between that and another comic book property.

Newsarama has it from an anonymous source that Aronofsky is also being looked at to helm Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of “Preacher”, published by DC’s Vertigo imprint. The comic, created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, ran for 75 issues between 1995 and 2000. This from the Vertigo site.

One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets – not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.

At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn’t look like anyone special-just another small-town minister slowly losing his flock and his faith. But he’s about to come face-to-face with proof that God does indeed exist. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Jesse now possesses the power of “the Word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters. He begins a violent and riotous journey across the country in search of answers from the elusive deity.

It features great characters like a man named Arseface, the Saint of Killers, and an alcoholic Irish vampire.

“Preacher” has a long a troubled production history. Other big name directors like Sam Mendes and Joe Carnahan have been attached at various times, and Robert Rodriguez was once rumored to be interested. For a time it was conceived as an hour-long series for HBO, with Mark Steven Johnson, which just pissed people off.

There is way too much story, and way too many heavy themes to successfully tackle in a single film. It is big and violent and profane in every sense of the word. The danger is that this will turn out like “Constantine”, the mediocre adaptation of the “Hellblazer” comics. As big a fan of the series as I am, and as much as I would be the first in line to see a kickass, big screen version of “Preacher”, I just don’t see it happening in any way that will do the series justice. Some comics are better left as comics.