Unlike video game adaptations that usually turn into sub-par films, though the box office usually registers respectable numbers, adaptations of graphic novels are a bigger guarantee. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez teamed up to deliver the incredible film noir pic Sin City and we are now expecting the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta from the Wachowski brothers. To make the outlook even better for graphic novels, V for Vendetta is already receiving rave reviews and another Frank Miller novel, 300, has enough early hype to make Warner Bros' proud.
Let's not forget that Batman Begins, the revival of the film franchise by Christopher Nolan, was based off of the Batman graphic novels.
With this type of record it is hard not to get excited about any future graphic novel adaptations.
Therefore, we are giddy to hear that another graphic novel, Priest, has been picked up by Sony Screen Gems for immediate transfer to the bigscreen.
Priest Adaptation gets Douglas and Raimi
According to Variety, director Andrew Douglas will team up with Sony Screen Gems to adapt the graphic novel Priest.
Andrew Douglas is known for other horror pics such as The Amityville Horror starring Ryan Reynolds. However, the talent does not end with him, as Screen Gems will have Mike De Luca, Sam Raimi and Josh Donen set to produce.
Based off of the graphic novel created by Min-Woo Hyung, Priest will be penned by Cory Goodman and will be something equivalent to a 'vampire western.'
Priest tells the story of a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece.
A vampire-western you say? Well, I can't deny the fact that I loved Joss Whedon's Serenity and that was a sci-fi western, so I should probably dig this genre too. Add the fact that the story is based off of a graphic novel and I give even odds that we could have a sweet film coming our way.
Priest is scheduled to begin production this summer.
Stay tuned for updates.