AMC Orders ‘Preacher’ Pilot

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An adaptation of the profane, funny and strange Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book series Preacher never got off the ground as a film, but the TV series adaptation is steadily moving forward. Developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End, The Interview), the series now has a pilot order. AMC made the deal for a Preacher pilot, scripted by Rogen and Goldberg.

That means we’ll soon hear casting choices for the characters, likely beginning with Jesse Custer, the preacher of the title who is imbued with the power of Godly persuasion… and wants to confront God as a result. Read More »

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AMC Ordering ‘Preacher’ Pilot

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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic series Preacher was crazy. Not just kinda violent, kinda weird, but full-on crazy. For example, it’s got a character whose failed Kurt Cobain-emulating suicide attempt, leads to a grotesquely mangled face and the nickname “Arseface,” none of which precludes him becoming a pop superstar. It features one antagonist whose sexual proclivities turn towards the nigh-unprintable extreme, and whose body is steadily chipped away over the course of the story.

Oh, and the lead character is a small-town Texas preacher whose best friend is a junkie Irish vampire, and who is possessed of a god-like power called Genesis. That power was born of the coupling between angel and demon, and allows him to command a person to do anything with absolute authority. Like “count all the sand on this beach,” which leads one character to do exactly that. Oh, and the preacher, Jesse, wants to find God and fight him.

But if you’re AMC, which needs something to follow Breaking Bad, full-on crazy might be just the thing. And so Preacher has reportedly been ordered to pilot at the company. And there’s a big question that came up after the first announcement was made: Seth Rogen tweeted two statements that suggest he’s got something to do with the adaptation.

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The Boys are in the orphanage. Columbia has been developing an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series for the past few years, but things have changed. The project has been put into turnaround, so another studio has a chance to step in and pick it up. This doesn’t have to be a death knell for the film — in fact, going into turnaround can sometimes be the best way for a project to get new life, as a company that is  a lot more invested in the material might step up to move it forward. Read More »

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Despite the poor box office and critic reception on his latest film, I Am Number Four, director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) recently tweeted the following:

My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!

Whoa! Someone is actually going to make a film version of Preacher. This fits in with the rumor Peter ran last week, saying that Caruso was in talks to direct the big screen adaptation of the famous, dark, Garth Ennis-written, Steve Dillon-drawn Vertigo comic book series. It appears he’s now locked the role down. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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As more and more graphic novels and comic books are adapted to the screen, studios are broadening the search for possible directors. It’s not just proven talents in action, horror and fantasy, but established vets of just about any stripe.

Earlier this year we heard that Samuel Bayer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) wanted to direct an adaptation of the Garth Ennis series The Boys, but it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that the studio, Sony, wants someone a little different: Adam McKay, director of Anchorman and Step Brothers. Now Sony is reportedly close to getting him. Read More »

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Brad Fuller isn’t the only member of the A Nightmare on Elm Street team talking about future projects. Director Samuel Bayer has been linked (or hopes to be linked) to an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series The Boys. But now he’s saying that he might not have the job, as the current favorite to direct is Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay. Holy directorial shift! Read More »

Sam Worthington Is Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future

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It looks like Sam Worthington is going to have another block to bust and another tentpole to erect because he’s the first talent to be tapped for a new, big-screen take on Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. If you don’t know Dan Dare, then I expect you simply aren’t English. He’s as famous over here as Tintin is, at the very least, but is probably even less well known in the US than that Belgian boy reporter.

Created in 1950, Dare is a comic strip hero that proved more lastingly famous than Eagle, the comic he appeared in, just as Judge Dredd is a bigger brand than 2000AD or Batman than Detective Comics. He’s been compared to Buck Rogers, and I suppose that makes a lot of sense. Can you see Sam Worthington in the role of a proud Brit fighter pilot? To me, it seems like a particularly good fit for him… well, accent aside.

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