Remember when it was announced last week that Sam Mendes would be directing an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s comic book series Preacher? Well apparently Variety spoke too soon.

“I’d love to make Preacher, but there’s no script. This is a typical Variety announcement – ‘Mendes to direct Preacher’ – I wish! Basically they should have written, ‘Mendes in development with Preacher’. What I’m doing is, I’ve gotta find a script. I’ve just got to get it written,” Mendes tells Empire Magazine.

The director calls the series a “brilliant” and “incredibly twisted vision”, but admits that the problem with a big screen adaptation is “there’s so much of it you couldn’t possibly fit it all into one movie.”

“It’s just about what you keep and what you leave out, and how you structure the story. But just to have that toy set again, being able to paint on a big canvas and to say ‘I am gonna do crazy crane shots and massive action sequences again because I want to,’ it’s exciting..”

That said, I still have faith in Mendes to make it happen.

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