Columbia Picks Up Option For ‘Preacher’ Film, Sam Mendes Will Direct

'Preacher'FROM SPLASH PAGE: Just as fans were slowly accepting the fact that "Preacher" -- Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion's highly-controversial comic series that took on everything from organized religion to shady government agencies -- was DOA at HBO, along comes news that the option has once again been picked up, this time by Columbia Pictures, who intends to make the property into a full-length feature film. A "Preacher Feature," if you will (ba-dum-dum!).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia has picked up the option and pegged Sam Mendes to direct. Neal Moritz's Original Films banner will produce alongside Kickstart Prods.' Jason Netter.

Read more about the current status of "Preacher" at MTV's Splash Page.