DJ Caruso To Direct Preacher

Ending a week of speculation, DJ Caruso has confirmed he’ll direct an adaptation of Preacher, the acclaimed comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

“My deal just closed on Preacher,” Caruso wrote last night on Twitter. “Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!” He didn’t provide any additional details.

Published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint from 1995 to 2000, Preacher has had a long, tumultuous relationship with Hollywood that dates back to the mid- to late ’90s. The 66-issue series centers on Jesse Custer, a down-and-out Texas preacher who sets off on a journey, accompanied by his hitwoman ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and the hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy, to quite literally find God, who has abandoned Heaven and his responsibilities.

A planned adaptation has passed from director to director, studio to studio and from film to television to back to film. In late 2006, HBO announced it had signed Mark Steven Johnston and Howard Deutch to write and direct a television pilot. However, by August 2008, new network executives had abandoned the planned series. To months later Columbia Pictures bought the film rights for Sam Mendes, who left the project last April to direct the next James Bond film.

Producer Neil Moretz indicated as far back as September that a replacement had been found for Mendes, but outside of some lobbying by A-Team director Joe Carnahan, there had been little talk of the Preacher adaptation. That is until last Monday, when Slashfilm passed along a rumor that Caruso, director of Disturbia, Eagle Eye and the current I Am Number Four, was in talks for the project.

Hours before that report surfaced, Spinoff Online’s Adam Rosenberg spoke to Caruso about comic-book adaptations, and the director turned the conversation to Preacher: “I love the Wild West, man. I really love Preacher. It’s fantastic. I think that’s what would sell me [on taking on a comic book project again]. I don’t know if this is still what’s going on with it, but Sam was going to direct it, Sam Mendes, and John August was writing the screenplay.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769324026 Travis Johnson

    Well, this is pretty much a worst case scenario.

  • Tomfitz1

    Well damn, at long last, somebody with the balls to tackle PREACHER! Let’s hope it’s a good adaptation.

  • http://twitter.com/Juanis _Juana Ana Cris_

    FML!!
    worst news ever!!

  • Anonymous

    Not really aware of this director…but I’m hearing bad things so that can’t be good.

    On another note, I guess Warner Brothers decided not to make the film? I’m not really sure how these things work with Vertgo and/or creator owned stuff.

  • Cover55555

    Better than a terrible crammed movie. But, do they have the balls to pull this off.

  • demoncat_4

    nice. though given how every time preacher looks to get to where it will become a reality as a movie or tv series those who have the rights wind up once they learn what preacher is about wind up getting cold feet. will believe this is finaly happening when dj reveals he has cast and has a shooting date and release date.

  • Jdandns

    Will Shia LaBoeuf be playing the Vampire Cassidy or Jesse Custer?

  • Jetski

    Shia LaBoeuf should play Arseface. It was kind of the part he was born to play.

  • LightningBug

    All of his directorial credits are films that I have deliberately passed on, so I can’t say I’m optimistic about this choice. Since this is my favorite comic ever printed, I’m seriously hoping this just isn’t made. With the project’s history, that seems like the likely course of events. If they go ahead with it after all, I wish him the best of luck.