With the release of Zack Snyder's Watchmen rapidly approaching, along comes news of a future comic-book adaptation for me to obsess over.
Variety reports Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, the upcoming Revolutionary Road) has signed on to direct a feature-film adaptation of Preacher, the Garth Ennis-Steve Dillon comic-book series about a Texas preacher, his trigger-happy girlfriend and a law-abiding vampire who team up to track down God (who has essentially quit his dayjob in heaven) and teach him a lesson about responsibility.
I have no idea how Mendes is going to approach such sacrilegious, ultra-violent material. But I do know that while I was reading Preacher, I kept thinking what a thoroughly kickass movie the series would make.
There have been several previous attempts to turn Preacher into a film - at one point, James Marsden had been cast to play the lead role, until financing fell through - but with the Oscar-winning Mendes onboard, it sounds like we will get an actual movie this time. And comic-book fans everywhere will rejoice. Seriously, this has the potential to be the best movie of all time.