The attempt to bring “Preacher” to the screen has been a long and painful one. The story of Jesse Custer, a (lousy) preacher able to speak with the Voice of God, his girlfriend Tulip, and his Irish vampire buddy Cassidy, probably what threw people off was the fact that it’s a pretty biting look at religion, a topic humanity is incredibly mellow about.
Anyway, first it was going to be brought to the screen by Rachel Talalay, who you probably know best for “Tank Girl” or “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” (seriously) or for her TV directing work, which seems to be how she’s kept busy since the late ’90s. After we dodged that bullet, it was going to be an HBO miniseries. Then it was going to be directed by Sam Mendes with a script by John August, but Mendes quit to make a Bond movie that also wound up in development hell.
Now it’s Caruso’s turn in the barrel. Don’t be fooled by his resume, which includes the just released “I am Number Four” and “Eagle Eye”; Caruso is a genuinely talented director. Now they just have to actually make the film, which has been the stumbling block so far.
[ via the crazed backwoods hicks at FirstShowing ]