Director D.J. Caruso confirmed on Twitter that he will direct the Preacher version at Columbia Pictures. He literally said:
My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f*cking pumped!
Despite his latest I Am Number Four did decent but not rich box office and critic reception on the flick, the results combined with the CinemaScore survey of B+ from moviegoers seem to have boosted director D.J. Caruso (which film credits include Eagle Eye and Disturbia) into his next project.
The project previously had Sam Mendes attached to direct, but he canceled last year and has come on board to direct new James Bond movie. Based on the popular 1990s Vertigo series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the story follows a down and out Texas preacher who joined an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire on a journey across America to find God — who actually had abandoned His duties in heaven –and hold him responsible for His negligence.
Due to a bunch of vampire films in the works it might seem like not the right time to get another project in a similar manner. Though, viewers’ hunger for blood drinkers hasn’t seem to reduced and for such as bold project, maybe is no better to time to get interested founders, distributors for another genre story up on the big screen.
No word yet on casting or when production might start, but those facts are likely to be around the corner.
Could a ‘Preacher” flick really work, or is this one story that is better left on the page? And “if”, who do you think should star? Certainly not Colin Farrell— he’s already acting an undead in the upcoming Fright Night.