Wow, screenwriter John August (Go, The Nines, Big Fish) has officially confirmed that he will be writing a big screen adaptation of the infamous Preacher comic book series, which was written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.
Other than the fact that it is being directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road), and Neal Moritz is producing it for Sony Pictures, there are no other details. This is a comic that a lot of people have been waiting to see adapted to a film, and the combination of August with Mendes is one to welcome.
However, there’s many a slip between development and production, so it remains to be seen if the film will actually get made. Preacher is a series that looks at the nature of belief in an irreverent, uncompromising, and often scatological fashion, with dollops of violence, and is occasionally rather unflattering about America. How much of that makes it into the film will remain to be seen, because as it stands it’s officially a “tough sell” in Hollywood. Let’s hope they remember to retain the humour and wit.
Personally, I hope they spin off a film adaptation of the Cassidy mini-series if Preacher gets made.