Paul Bettany to Star in Adaptation of TokyoPop's Priest

March 31, 2009

Paul Bettany

Other than the title and the most basic plot summary, not a whole lot else was known about Screen Gems' adaptation of the TokyoPop comic Priest when we last talked about it in December. But it's looking as if director Scott Stewart may have found his perfect priest. According to THR, Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star and Stewart says that since working with Bettany on their most recent film Legion, that "Bettany was Priest." In a world wrecked by centuries of violent warfare between man and vampire, a warrior priest turns against the church in order to save his kidnapped niece from a homicidal gang of vampires.

Screen Gems has the possibility to make this a very memorable film, as the concept is a provocative one. On the other hand, Screen Gems is also quite famous for watering down their films for the PG-13 audience, which with all likelihood is what is going to happen. Every time the word vampire is said out loud, three Twilight fans and their moms start to salivate - it's a pre-built audience Screen Gems can't afford to forgo. Sadly, and this is my opinion, it's damn near impossible to make a serious vampire film without some gore, frightening visuals, and an R-rating. They're vampires, they drink blood to stay undead. Come on!

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  • zetsu
    the priest is a pretty cool manga,but i'd rather see battle vixens made into a live action film that be fucking excellent.naruto,gantz,ghost in the shell,akira or full metal alchemist are all brilliant anime & should be checked out & made into live action films.
  • Tyler
    This is complete ludicrous, for anyone who has actually read Priest they would understand, there were never any vampires, ever in the entire series. It should be rated R and about what it originally was instead of the U.S. taking controversial topics and bouncing off of the success of Twilight while pissing off every true fan of Priest.
  • teyhtr
    Fuck this! There are no fucking vampires in priest! Although Paul Bettany is perfect as Ivan Isaacs.
  • Tyler
    I think he will be a good Priest, Guy Pearce could have worked too
  • mt
    Priest is not a japanese manga but a Korean manhwa by Hyung Min-Woo ...
  • Tyler
    I'm pretty sure everyone knows that or at least fans....^
  • Mike
    I have never read the Priest but heard about it; personally like the Vampire angle and if the need a actor to play that role. I pick Luke Goss as the Vampire leader; just met him at a horror con and he blew me away in Blade II. Pick a real actor as the leader Luke is the man who can pull it off...
  • paige
    o.0 VAMPIRES? in priest? i thought they we're zombies. cmon... there arent any vampires in priest why does hollywood always screw up and ruin every fandoms dream




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