News: Sam Mendes to direct seminal comic book adaptation

October 31, 2008 by  
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It was announced by Columbia pictures yesterday that Sam Mendes (Jarhead, American Beauty, Road to Perdition) would direct seminal comic Preacher for the Big Screen.

For the uninitiated Preacher ran for 75 issues between 1995 and 2000, written by Garth Ennis with art by Steve Dillon.

It begins with a preacher Jesse Custer as he merges with a spiritual ‘force’ called genesis that imbues him with some badass powers.

As he witnesses the atrocities of humankind he loses faith in the man upstairs and begins a road trip across America with his embittered girlfriend Tulip and a nutcase vampire called Cassidy, determined to bring God himself to justice for leaving man to ruin or as the Preacher says: “I’m gonna go lookin’ for Him. I don’t care how long it takes or where I have to go. I’m gonna find him. An’ I’m gonna make Him tell His people what He’s done.”

A truly dark moral story threaded with violence and epic religious questions, Preacher took on the Big Question and beat the living cr*p out of it.

Many fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief that such a difficult to adapt comic is in the hands of a director like Mendes. Mendes is backed by a solid production crew including producers Neal Moritz (I am Legend) and Jason Netter (Wanted).