Paul Bettany In Negotiations To Star In Tokyopop's 'Priest' Feature Film

Paul BettanyFans who have been waiting for Tokyopop's "Priest" to hit the big screen have grown used to long news droughts regarding the adaptation. After all, last we heard from the production was back in December of '08, when it was announced that Scott Charles Stewart had taken over directorial duties from Andrew Douglass on the project.

Well, "Priest" fans, it looks like those months of no news may be coming to an end, as today, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star in the film which is scheduled to hit theaters in January of next year. Likewise -- barring any unforeseen stalls in the negotiations -- the move would reunite Bettany with Stewart, having just finished work on 2010's "Legion," an upcoming supernatural thriller.

"Priest" -- which blends supernatural horror and western elements -- tells the story of a warrior priest who, after his niece is kidnapped by a gang of bloodthirsty vampires, leaves his calling to enlist in a centuries-long war between man and the undead monsters. The 16 volume book was created by Korean writer/artist Min-Woo, and has already spawned an online computer game in addition to this news of a feature film.

"I knew the moment I saw Stewart's first cut of 'Legion' that Bettany was Priest and so I mentioned it to him immediately," said Clint Culpepper, president of "Priest" production company, Screen Gems, in the original THR piece.

Have you had a chance to read "Priest?" If so, do you think Bettany is right for the titular role? Let's hear what you have to say in the comments.