Stop. Please stop.

HBO is developing a one-hour series based on the popular 1990s Vertigo comic series Preacher. Mark Steven Johnson, who directed the comic-book adaptations Daredevil and the upcoming Ghost Rider for the big screen, is writing the pilot. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards) is set to direct.
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  1. lilmissnever says:

    Ooooh, I hope it's as good as Constantine! Maybe they can get Keanu Reeves to play Jesse.

  2. lordshell says:

    One wonders if the HBO executives have actually looked at the preacher comics. They might be the most blasphemous piece of literature ever created (not that I'm complaining.)

    I can just see the meeting:

    Exec: "So who's the main heavy in this series?"

    Garth Ennis: "God."

    Exec: (blinks) "Ummmm . . ."

    • freiheit says:

      I suspect they have, or at least that it's not an issue. HBO is not Disney/ABC. Carnivale was a tad blasphemous (avatars of good and evil battling it out, with an evil preacher) and Big Love's acceptance of polygamy probably ruffles a lot of religious feathers, too.

      They probably figured out that pissing off the religious right only makes their ratings go up.

  3. greyface says:

    As they say on the Internet...

    Kyew Kyew. (possibly mispelled)

  4. rly says:

    Ghost Rider is actually the only Marvel movie I'm looking forward to at this point. At first the idea of making a movie out of GR seemed absolutely retarded, but at the very least, the trailer makes it look good.

    I'd be interested in Iron Man if they hadn't already announced they won't be addressing the fact that he's a drunk until at least the sequel.

    • greyface says:

      Cart. Horse. [avengers?] Assemble!

      • rly says:

        Ugh, don't even get me started on the Avengers movie. I usually dislike team comics anyways (I'm only reading JLA because of Meltzer), but how the goddamn crap can you make an Avengers movie? I think that they're making an Avengers movie is even dumber than the fact that they're making an Ant-Man movie. And I think it's pretty dumb that they're making an Ant-Man movie.

        • taffer says:

          I had a really great Ant-Man/Iron Man comic waaaaay back in the day... Iron Man's suit was all messed up, and Ant-Man had to shrink down and adventure through the suit to find some sort of emergency shut-off circuit or something before Iron Man suffocated.

          • 205guy says:

            That's got to be the lamest thing I've heard all day. I can't believe he-who-mocks-furries puts up with comic book superhero hang-ups. Maybe he's just baiting you.

            May I also suggest you all not purchase tickets to these movies you don't want to see. Don't sneak into the theater/turn on the TV to watch them either.

            I actually do like comic books, but the last superhero I followed was Asterix.

  5. telecart says:

    I've always thought it could work as an HBO series, though I'd put, oh, I dunno, Tarantino on the helm.

    • chaoset says:

      You must really hate Preacher.
      All kidding aside, Tarantino is decent at best. The last good thing he's had a hand in making outside of Sin City is From Dusk Till Dawn.

      • rodgerd says:

        Even if Tarantino was as mediocre as you apparentl;y believe, it places him streets ahead of Ennis.

        • chaoset says:

          How much Ennis have you actually read?

          • telecart says:

            Regardless of what you think of Tarantino's directing skills, on which I might even (partially) agree, he's still one of the best scriptwriters EVAR.

            • chaoset says:

              I could see him doing some writing for the series, but I've not come across anyone that has a knack for dialogue & characterisation like Ennis.
              As for who I'd prefer heading it up, I mentioned the creators of Oz or Carnivale in a reply to someone else. In the realm of pure fantasy I'd have Alan Parker (director of Angel Heart) directing the episodes set down south.

  6. fengi says:

    Interestingly enough, the series will consist of a single camera shot of the producers wiping their asses with the comic book, one issue per hour.

    • fengi says:

      Also, Howard Deutch's previous TV experience?

      "Caroline in the City" (1995) TV Series
      "Watching Ellie" (2002) TV Series
      "Melrose Place" (Pilot episode, 1992)
      Billy Joel: Greatest Hits Volume III (1997) - (video "Keeping The Faith")

      Yeah, this is going to be AWESOME!

      • taffer says:

        Loads of advertising up until opening weekend, followed by abandonment and a quick DVD release.

        I wonder if they could trick Stan Lee into doing a cameo in it.

  7. ladykalessia says:

    < optimism >
    Well, The Whole Nine Yards was actually a pretty funny film. Maybe they're making a satire?
    < /optimism >

    Oh man, I wish they'd just stop trying to plumb the depths of comic book fandom for ticket sales. It's getting ridiculous.

    • kingfox says:

      I agree, The Whole Nine Yards was pretty amusing. But re-read what <lj user="jwz"> posted: it's the guy from The Whole Ten Yards, a different director entirely.

  8. goldenmean says:

    I've arbitrarily decided that I'm going to enjoy or revile this based solely on the absence or presence of the "Smear the cheese, nibble the vein, now say the name!" bit. It's a shame that given HBO's track record I'll probably have to sit through the entirety of one season maintaining no opinion whatsoever waiting patiently for this moment, at which point the show will be cancelled with me unsure of whether or not I actually liked it.

    • chaoset says:

      What about Jesus de Sade and his fist covered in some unnamed substance that looks suspiciously like shit?
      If we were lucky, they'd get either the creator of Oz or Carnivale to work on it.

      • goldenmean says:

        Maybe they're saving the director of Carnivale for when they option The Invisibles.

        • chaoset says:

          I was never really able to get into The Invisibles. I certainly enjoyed the first story arc, but the combination of the Jill Thompson art (I fucking loath Jill Thompson and everything she's done outside of maybe Scary Godmother) and a general personal distaste for Grant Morrison prevented me from finishing anything more than the first part of the second story arc.

          • elliterati says:

            The second story arc of The Invisibles kept me from reading the series for a long time, but stumbling upon it later, I discovered that it was, in fact, a fantastic book. You can skim the Thompson arc and not miss much, but the rest of the story is well worth tracking down.

            • chaoset says:

              Good to know, thanks. Of course, if it ends up making as much sense as The Filth, I'll start an e-vendetta against you.

              • elliterati says:

                Well, just because I liked it doesn't necessarily mean it makes sense. :)

                • chaoset says:

                  What I really meant was that The Filth seemed like it had a point to make, but was buried beneath so much drug-addled bullshit that it was nothing less than extremely frustrating.

                  • elliterati says:

                    I would say that the main point of The Invisibles is that people will fight to be free to engage in drug-addled bullshit. Take that as you will. :)

                  • chaoset says:

                    "...[P]eople will fight to be free to engage in drug-addled bullshit."
                    So long as said people don't try to pass of as transcendent their drug-addled bullshit, they'll hear no arguments from me.

                    If you can't tell, I'm mostly pissed off at having thrown away money on The Filth (black sperm notwithstanding).

  9. sherbooke says:

    Noooo - it's just too much fun watching you guys tear your hair out (those of you who have any) over stuff like this. I mean, it's only entertainment ...