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There are few comics I'd like to see make the leap to live-action more than "Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Western epic that spans multiple continents and planes of existence while insulting every single living thing in its way. Jesse Custer and friends deserve their chance on the screen, gawd demmit — but if it ever happens, it won't be because of "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes.

Mendes, the man behind the 50th anniversary Bond movie hitting theaters this weekend, was once attached to adapt the wonderfully vulgar Vertigo comic book series for Columbia Pictures. Now, Mendes tells Collider why he was never able to crack that particular nut.


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PreacherBack in 2008, director Sam Mendes said he'd "love to make 'Preacher,' but there’s no script" — a problem that was solved when screenwriter John August came on board the project.

However, Mendes was reportedly linked to the next "James Bond" film earlier this year, which caused some to question whether he'd still helm "Preacher." Now it appears that Mendes has officially left the project behind.

"We were originally talking with Sam Mendes about doing the movie," producer Neal Moritz told Collider. "Sam Mendes is going to go off and do the Bond movie, so there’s another director that we’re talking to right now." Read More...

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PreacherPoor "Preacher." For such a beloved comic book property, it sure has gone through a number of woes on the road from comic to live-screen adaptation, with the latest snag possibly arriving in the form of director Sam Mendes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mendes, the man currently attached to take the reins on "Preacher," is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, with hopes for filming to start as early as June of this year.


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'Preacher'While speaking with MTV News this weekend about his upcoming film "Away We Go," director Sam Mendes dropped a few details about the status of his much-anticipated, big-screen version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic book series, "Preacher."

With a complicated storyline and some weighty subject matter, it's tricky to imagine the best way to pull off a live-action "Preacher." Though Mendes is relatively mum at the moment (until he has a script in front of him, he told MTV), he did say that screenwriter John August is moving along with his first draft.

"He's doing pretty well," Mendes told MTV News, "He's about halfway through. There's a long way to go yet, but I'm very, very hopeful. I think it could be amazing." Read More...

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Back in October, the 'Net leaped out of its seat and shouted "Hallelujah!" over the news that Vertigo's groundbreaking series "Preacher" had broken out of development hell and a "Preacher" movie was on its way to the silver screen after Columbia had obtained the rights to the franchise (with Sam Mendes pegged to direct). Heck, we were so excited over the news that we even threw together a "Preacher" casting call!

However, we later discovered that the news of Mendes' attachment to "Preacher" was a bit premature. So, when MTV happened to catch the Oscar-winning director on the red carpet at The Golden Globes, we had to check in and see there had been any movement since the news first broke.

As you can see in the video above, while Mendes tells us that he's still waiting on a script before he decides to officially sign on, he clearly seems to be interested in taking on the "brilliant" adaptation despite its potential for "danger." Read More...

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'Preacher'Last week, the Internet lit up like hellfire when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that not only was the on-again/off-again comic book masterpiece "Preacher" once again headed for the silver screen -- this time with Columbia Pictures obtaining the rights -- but Sam Mendes was also attached to direct. And while it still looks as though "Preacher" itself is still headed for development, the news about Mendes was just a bit off.

In a sit-down with Empire magazine that hit the 'Net this morning, Mendes cleared up some of the rumors surrounding his attachment to "Preacher."

"I’d love to make Preacher, but there’s no script," said Mendes. "This is a typical Variety announcement. 'Mendes to direct Preacher' – I wish! Basically they should have written, 'Mendes in development with 'Preacher.'' What I’m doing is, I’ve gotta find a script. I’ve just got to get it written.” Read More...

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'Preacher'So they're finally going to make a "Preacher" movie. Who should they cast? We have a few recommendations.

When "Preacher" was first getting off the ground years ago, James Marsden was cast as Jesse, a former preacher who has the Voice of God -- when he speaks, you have no choice but to follow his command, even if it's "Eat your gun." Marsden, no offense, doesn't seem quite that powerful. But Nathan Fillion -- who already played a nasty preacher on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and got the western thing down pat on "Firefly" -- seems like he could make anyone do his bidding.

Runners-up: Johnny Depp, Casey Affleck, or Matthew McConaughey (if you dye his hair black).

Tulip is a tomboy who her dad (when he thought she'd be a he) wanted to name John William Grady O'Hare. Practically raised as a boy, Tulip needs to have a certain toughness -- no big, weepy empathetic eyes. Cameron Diaz originally wanted the part, but she still seems a little too sweet. How about Ali Larter?

Runners-up: Terminatrix Kristanna Loken also has the right look, but does she have the range? Read More...

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'Preacher'Just as fans were slowly accepting the fact that "Preacher" -- Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion's highly-controversial comic series that took on everything from organized religion to shady government agencies -- was DOA at HBO, along comes news that the option has once again been picked up, this time by Columbia Pictures, who intends to make the property into a full-length feature film. A "Preacher Feature," if you will (ba-dum-dum!).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia has picked up the option and pegged Sam Mendes to direct. Neal Moritz's Original Films banner will produce alongside Kickstart Prods.' Jason Netter. Read More...

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