WRESTLER-director Darren Aronofky’s being targeted to direct a movie version of PREACHER (according to Newsarama’s anonymous source) and, if that’s true, then this seems like a case of a couple of long-delayed inevitabilities intersecting.
Darren Aronofsky’s been talking about doing a comic based for what seems like at least ten years, now. Just recently, his name’s floated up as a potential candidate to direct the new SUPERMAN, but before that, his name was attached to an adaptation of Frank Miller’s RONIN as well as a version of BATMAN: YEAR ONE that more-or-less eventually evolved into BATMAN BEGINS. A movie version Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s seminal Vertigo series, PREACHER, has similarly been on the cusp for several years, now. Sam Mendes was the most recent director attached, but movie plans go back as far ’98 when TANK GIRL director Rachel Talalay attached to it. There was even an attempt at a TV show spearheaded by Mark Steven Johnson for HBO that never got off the ground.
So, like I said, these seem like two inevitabilities. Eventually a PREACHER movie will get made and eventually Aronofsky will do a comics-based movie. Whether they happen at once might be less inevitable, though. == TEASER ==
It’s been ten years since PREACHER wrapped up, so here’s a primer for those unfamiliar. The comic's about Jesse Custer, an apostate preacher with the ability to command anybody to do whatever he says - - literally. He travels across America on a mission to “shake the pillars of heaven” so to speak and is both joined and bedeviled by a profane menagerie as grotesque as anybody who’s read THE BOYS can expect.
Next to WATCHMEN and MAUS, this is a title that always seems to be brought by non-comics friends of mine. It’s had trouble making the motion picture leap over these years because of its highly controversial, sacrilegious subject matter. Do you maniacs think Aronofsky could PREACHER justice?