Poor "Preacher." For such a beloved comic book property, it sure has gone through a number of woes on the road from comic to live-screen adaptation, with the latest snag possibly arriving in the form of director Sam Mendes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mendes, the man currently attached to take the reins on "Preacher," is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, with hopes for filming to start as early as June of this year.
Mendes landing the job is a decisive victory for Bond fans, who just recently suffered through a rumor that the latest film would be delayed due to financial difficulties at MGM. But if the deal goes through, what exactly does it mean for Mendes' involvement with "Preacher" and the film's future as a whole?
Certainly, if Mendes is on board and MGM is seriously eyeing a June production start, "Preacher" will not be the director's next film. Given the amount of time it takes to work on a movie of Bond's size, its highly unlikely that Mendes would be able to work on "Preacher" until sometime in mid to late 2011.
Fans that are eager for "Preacher" sooner rather than later might wish for Mendes to depart the project, but that in itself is problematic. Not only is Mendes a thoughtful filmmaker with plenty of talent to unleash on "Preacher," but the movie's likelihood of rebounding and finding another equally talented director on a fast turnaround isn't tremendously high.
Basically, consider Mendes' ascension to the Bond director's seat as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's a great move towards the quality of 007's next adventure. On the other, it's yet another notch in the troubled belt for "Preacher," which counts the failed adaptation as an HBO series among its difficulties.
Looking on the bright side, I guess this means John Cusack's chances of playing Jesse Custer are a bit slimmer now.
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