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You can’t keep an alcoholic Texas preacher and an Irish vampire down. After getting unceremoniously dumped by HBO via a proposed 1-hour TV show, Garth Ennis’ “Preacher” comic book is now being aimed at the big screen by none other than “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes. There isn’t a script or actors attached as of yet, and I doubt if this thing will get a big budget (or indeed, if it’ll really need one), but Mendes will be developing it over at Columbia Pictures once he finishes his “Revolutionary Road” duties.
Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the Vertigo Comics series told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.
Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with a former girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.
Besides “American Beauty”, Brit Mendes has done “Jarhead” and “Road to Perdition”. The guy knows how to make a movie look good, although I don’t necessarily believe that “Preacher” needs to look good onscreen, since it’s a pretty messed up and filthy comic book that will probably not lend itself to Hollywood gloss, to be perfectly honest with you. Then again, Mendes has made a career out of exposing the foibles of America, so the flick is probably in good hands.
Below: Church going folk need not bother.