Mendes Giving 'Preacher' the Ol' Moving Picture Treatment

October 30, 2008

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Variety reports that Sam Mendes will direct a film adaptation of Preacher--one of those comic books you're always reading:

Sam Mendes will direct a bigscreen adaptation of the supernatural graphic novel "Preacher" for Columbia Pictures.

Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, graphic novel focuses on the preacher of a Texas town, who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.

I can't wait until religious groups get mad at this. It's inevitable. Comics slip under the radar, but never movies. As soon as an actual preacher finds out about this and learns that it's not a Kirk Cameron preacher-celebration piece, he'll be rounding up the congregation and heading to the theater with his "God hates Preacher (the movie, not actual preachers)" signs. Better off just changing the name to Man of Unidentified Profession Who Happens to be Wearing a Collar and seeing if you can't slip it past them for a while.

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