Sam Mendes' Preacher to be Written by John August
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 22, 2009
Preacher. We've been following the film adaptation of this quadruple Eisner Award-winning, Vertigo published comic book series for quite a long while now. It was at one point a very promising HBO series, but, as we covered last year, has since moved into the feature film arena albeit tentatively under the strained attachment to director Sam Mendes, as we also covered as recently as last week. So, what of this hotly anticipated property now? In my best Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth voice, "Good news, everyone!" Preacher has finally, at long last, found a writer - none other the John August! Surprised?
August confirmed on his blog that he has been tapped to adapt the critically adored series for the screen. August most recently wrote The Nines, but is probably best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride. And what's even better, August has also confirmed that Sam Mendes is indeed attached to direct, having this to say of the project as it stands right now, "To answer your first four questions: there's no release date, no cast, no locations, no nothing. I'm writing a script which could become a movie if everything lines up correctly." There you have it.