Preacher the comic book series written by Garth Ennis with artwork by Steve Dillon has been the subject of discussion around a film adaptation for some time now. Various rumours have cropped up over recent years of a potential film or TV series to come from the series which ran for 66 regular issues published by Vertigo and ended in 2000.
The most recent news has surfaced via a twitter announcement from director D.J. Caruso who’s previous directorial projects have included several episodes of ‘The Shield’, the films ‘Disturbia’, ‘Eagle Eye’ and the recently released ‘I Am Number Four’ (be sure to check out Darran’s review).
Caruso stated via his twitter account “My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty [expletive] pumped!”.
Could a Preacher film finally be building momentum? Those who know the series will be aware of the mature themes, violence and biblical nature of the Preacher books which could well present a challenge in terms of ratings and censorship for any film adaptation. Any sanitisation of the story for widening up the potential audience is going to dilute the spirit of the books, so hopefully we’ll see a vision that stays true to the source material and maintains the edginess that helps make the books so compelling.
No news on casting or a production schedule at this stage, we’ll bring you more news as it’s announced.