Preach On, Brother! D.J. Caruso Confirms he’s Directing Preacher

Wow, “Preacher” is actually getting made into a movie. (Maybe.) I’m frankly shocked that it’s actually going to happen after all. (Probably.) Then again, what are the chances that it’ll show up in live-action on the big screen with all of Garth Ennis’ more, shall we say, “out of the box” ideas intact? (If it ever actually gets made?)

Okay, so “Preacher” isn’t quite there yet, but according to director D.J. Caruso (“I am Number Four”), he’s directing the bloody thing. Or at least, that’s what he recently tweeted, writing that his deal to direct “recently closed”.

So what’s all the hubbub around “Preacher”? Here’s the plot courtesy of Wikipedia:

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. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend 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.

The comics were pretty R-rated, so anything less than that for the movie will be an incredibly watered down version, and I expect fanboys to cry foul. Although Caruso’s last three studio-friendly pics have been PG-13 movies, he did start off his career with a couple of R-rated dark thrillers, including the trippy “The Salton Sea” and the serial killer flick “Taking Lives”.