Screen Gems Bringing TokyoPop's Priest to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2008
Screen Gems is developing a big screen adaptation of the TokyoPop comic Priest and has hired Scott Charles Stewart to direct. Priest is a horror western set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire. The story follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. The screenplay was written by Cory Goodman of the upcoming projects Kung Fu and The Brood. Stewart formerly worked at ILM and helped start the visual effects company called The Orphanage, so he's quite experienced in the CGI world.
As far as I know, this is one of the first major TokyoPop adaptations we've seen, although I may be forgetting others. As much as I'd love to believe that this could turn out good, I don't think TokyoPop's comics are the greatest to adapt. Obviously this will have a lot of CGI and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I don't expect anything spectacular. The concept sounds great on paper, but I fear it'll turn into a mediocre movie in the end. This isn't the first time an adaptation of Priest has been in the works either - Gerard Butler was set to star once, but that fell through. Good luck to Scott Charles Stewart.