Since his Y: The Last Man adaptation fell through, D.J. Caruso is continuing to search for ways to ruin my day. With his latest, I Am Number Four, set to release this weekend, Caruso is looking towards his next project. He is currently â€œin talks,â€ (how I hate that phrase) to adapt Preacher to the big screen. In case you hadnâ€™t noticed, Iâ€™m pulling for this to fail. Not only is D.J. Caruso a director of middling talent, Preacher is one of those massive properties that A) wonâ€™t lend well to condensing into a two-hour movie, and B)has the descendent of Jesus Christ as a gibbering inbred moron. The script, written by John August of Corpse Bride, Big Fish, and the Charlieâ€™s Angels movies, is said to be â€œa really faithful adaptation but madeâ€¦probably more accessible to a broader audience.â€
Let me reiterate. Preacher is about a disgraced Texas preacher imbued with the power of the Word of God, an Irish vampire, and a hitwoman going out to find an absent God to make him answer for all human suffering. Iâ€™m not sure how you make that â€œmore accessible.â€
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You may remember that Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson was attached to helm Preacher a few years back as a television series on HBO. That would have basically been the best place for Preacher. With the long form of a full TV series and the freedom to work within HBO, even with a guy like Mark Steven Johnson at the till, there was at least the potential for something cool. Even a trilogy of films isn’t really enough for the sheer density of batshit insane storytelling going on in Preacher. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, I have no idea how it’s supposed to become accessible without pulling the heart out of it.
Pray with me, folks. Pray that I Am Number Four tanks this weekend so Caruso’ll be unable to get the cred together to start this.