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The recent debut of I am Number Four must have been a letdown for several at DreamWorks, including director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye). Still, the man continues to get gigs! Caruso recently tweeted that he has been tapped to take over the long in-production comic adaptation of Preacher, based on the series by Garth Ennis.
He tweeted the following:
"My deal just closed on Preacher…going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!"
Having nobody (as of yet) refute this statement lends evidence that Caruso has been named the director of the renowned (and very dark) series. The project has come a long way from when it was first established at Columbia Pictures some years back when Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) was set to direct. With Caruso onboard, Columbia—who still owns the rights to the film after having them bounced around for nearly a decade—seems poised to take the project (quite aptly) out of developmental hell, where it has languished since 2000.
The official synopsis for the series states, “the story follows an ex-preacher man, Jesse, who has become disgusted with God’s abandoning of His responsibilities. So Jesse starts off into the wilds of Texas with his hitman girlfriend and new best friend (a vampire) to find God so that he can give Him a piece of his mind."
No word on whether the script by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Titan A.E.) will remain as is; he originally drafted the film when Mendes was involved in the project.
So there's much hope, Preacher fans.