At this point, it's easier to list all of the directors who haven't been connected with a a live-action adaptation of the Vertigo comic book series "Preacher" at one point or another. From Mark Steven Johnson ("Ghost Rider") to Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") — and even Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") — the list of filmmakers associated with the project is long, and getting longer.
Earlier this week, SlashFilm reported that one of its "well placed Hollywood spys" [sic] had indicated that "I Am Number Four" director D.J. Caruso was currently in talks to direct the long-awaited "Preacher" movie. While the initial report offered little in the way of official confirmation, Spinoff Online now indicates that the subject of "Preacher" came up in conversation with the director hours before the original rumor began circulating.
"I love the Wild West, man. I really love 'Preacher,'" Caruso reportedly told the site when asked if was interested in pursuing another comic book movie now that his plans for a "Y: The Last Man" adaptation seem to have stalled.
"I think that’s what would sell me [on taking on a comic book project again]," he continued. "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."
While his initial comments seem to indicate that he's not officially involved with the project at this point, the rest of what he had to say could be interpreted any number of ways.
"I like those because I think there’s something, as cool and as f---ing gnarly as they are, there’s a great sort of core good vs. evil. The genesis [in 'Preacher'] being the mating of the angel and the Devil in a way,” he said. "I love that kind of stuff. I love big themes, things like that. For me, it’s something that I love and I read, but 'Y: The Last Man' and 'Preacher' are the two that I like a lot [for film potential treatments]."
With Caruso's name getting dropped not once but twice in relation to "Preacher," it would seem we have the makings of an online buzz-builder, folks. And with that, the "Preacher" rumor mill has another name to churn...