Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is no longer attached to direct the comic book adaptation Preacher due to his commitment to MGM’s long-delayed 23rd James Bond movie.
In an extensive interview with Collider, producer Neal Moritz opened up about a number of projects, but none more intriguing than the story of a small town preacher possessed by a supernatural creature. Mendes was brought on board shortly after HBO passed on a pilot and Columbia Pictures scooped up the pieces.
John August (Big Fish) wrote the latest draft and apparently planned for a three movie arc of the nine volume comic series if audiences respond to the first.
Unfortunately Moritz says Mendes is officially off the project and they’re now in discussions with another (unnamed) director to take on the dark project. “We were talking about directors and we were kicking around some lofty names, and [August] said ‘you know, if you don’t get one of those, I’d be interested in it.’ I said ‘We’ll talk about it,’” Moritz said. August direct The Nines in 2007, which had some good ideas but was poorly executed.
Mendes made his name with moody films like American Beauty and Jarhead, but has been branching out of his niche genre lately. He made the sweet indie comedy Away We Go (which I adored), but Bond will plant him firmly in mainstream territory. It’s a shame too because his involvement with the controversial DC Comics property brought back fond memories of his Road to Perdition, one of the best comic book movies to date.
Be sure to check out Collider for more info on the statuses of the Escape from New York remake, S.W.A.T. 2, Sinbad, and Man-Witch.