Sam Mendes Comments On Preacher: Would Be A Great TV Show


Director of Skyfall, Sam Mendes, has a smash hit on his hands with the 23rd Bond film, but he was supposed to make his debut into this type of genre film several years ago with a big screen adaptation of the comic book series Preacher. That movie is still in limbo, but Mendes talked with Collider about his past involvement with the flick.

The director says that the film isn’t on his “radar” anymore since he was able to do the kind of stuff he wanted to do with Preacher while directing Skyfall. He touched on some of the major troubles with adapting Preacher:

The other problem was I could not find a way of making Preacher—tonally it’s a very difficult thing to make work, and there’s a reason why it’s struggled so much. It’s a brilliant graphic novel, I loved it, but a lot of it takes place in the real world and we’re surrounded now by fantasy and superhero genre pictures which are full of eye candy. And actually, Preacher is much more real world, it’s more of a Southern Gothic with elements of the fantastic in it; it’s a quite difficult thing to balance. So it wasn’t just that I sort of walked away from it because they wouldn’t pay for it or anything like that, it was because I couldn’t really make it work, I couldn’t find a way of defining what it was onscreen. My strong suspicion is someone will come along who has a really good take on it and is able to do it

While he wasn’t optimistic about Preacher’s movie aspects, he did think the project could still work in a different medium- television. When asked if the long narrative could work on TV, Mendes was more optimistic:

I do, actually. If you look at somewhere between Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, True Blood—that world of real but fantasy, the two mixed, it’s young and sexy and it’s got many, many chapters. Actually when I saw that it was a possible HBO or a possible cable show, I thought ‘that’s a great way to do it,’ because then you can let it develop gradually, because there’s also a huge amount of it.

So the wait continues Preacher fans. It will be a while longer before the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon series makes it to the movie or TV world. Do you think Preacher would work better as a TV series?

Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

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Source : Collider