By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Whew! October has been a huge month for adaptations. Be it a video game or a graphic novel, now is the time to get into the industry. The latest comic sorry, graphic novel to wind up on the adaptation chopping block is Preacher, a supernatural tale that Columbia Pictures plans to turn into a live-action film. To get things started, the studio has picked up Sam Mendes to direct.
Columbia Prays on Preacher
Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, Preacher centers on the preacher of a Texas town, who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.
Sounds good, but the only question now is why Mendes. Have you seen his filmography? American Beauty and Revolutionary Road sum it up pretty well. Good films, sure, but not along the scope of comicbook movies. He does have some experience, as his drama Road to Perdition was based on a graphic novel. It sure didn't feel comic-like, however.
The Preacher series ran from 1995-2000, and closed out with 75 issues. The graphic novel earned itself four Eisner Awards.