American Beauty director Sam Mendes has revealed that his big screen adaptation of comic book series Preacher has no script.
Mendes, who signed up for the project after Columbia Pictures picked up the rights after a View Askew movie and a proposed HBO series previously fell through, recently told film magazine Empire: “Basically, they should have written, ‘Mendes in development with Preacher‘.
“What I’m doing is, I’ve got to find a script. I’ve just got to get it written.”
Despite the lack of screenplay, Mendes told Empire he’s excited about adapting the comic series created by Garth Ennis, which centres on man who journeys across America to find God, who has abandoned Heaven, after being possessed by the spawn of an angel and a demon.
“There’s so much of [the story] you couldn’t possibly fit it all into one movie,” says Mendes. “It’s just about what you keep and what you leave out, and how you structure the story,” he said.
“But just to have that toy set again, being able to paint on a big canvas and to say: ‘I am gonna do crazy crane shots and massive action sequences again because I want to.’ It’s exciting.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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