While speaking with MTV News this weekend about his upcoming film "Away We Go," director Sam Mendes dropped a few details about the status of his much-anticipated, big-screen version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic book series, "Preacher."
With a complicated storyline and some weighty subject matter, it's tricky to imagine the best way to pull off a live-action "Preacher." Though Mendes is relatively mum at the moment (until he has a script in front of him, he told MTV), he did say that screenwriter John August is moving along with his first draft.
"He's doing pretty well," Mendes told MTV News, "He's about halfway through. There's a long way to go yet, but I'm very, very hopeful. I think it could be amazing."
The only other fact that Mendes is sure of at this point is that, while he can envision the film as a franchise, he's going to give his all to make the first film great and self-contained.
"You have to try and get one really good and then, if you're lucky, you can make a second or a third," said Mendes. "You can create something that's going to run. But I think that there's certainly more than enough for one good movie and plenty left over."
Though casting is still a long way off, Mendes seemed excited at the prospect of bringing the characters to life, saying the series has some “real good roles in there”.
A huge "Preacher" fan myself, I showed Sam Mendes, post-interview, a replica of Jesse Custer's "F--- COMMUNISM" lighter I had made 10 years ago and have been carrying in my pocket ever since.
"Now there's a 'Preacher' fan!" he said with a huge smile, 'Make sure you bring that to the 'Preacher' junket.'"
What parts of the “Preacher” story would you want to see in a first film? What’s your dream casting? Let us know below!