‘I Am Number Four”s DJ Caruso to direct ‘Preacher’

Garth Ennis adaptation escapes development hell

Director DJ Caruso has confirmed that he will helm a movie adaptation of Vertigo comic book series Preacher.

The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic – which ran between 1995 and 2000 – has long been stranded in development hell. Names previously attached to the project include Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky and Sam Mendes.

Now I Am Number Four and Disturbia director Caruso has confirmed his involvement by tweeting from Twitter.com/deejaycar: “My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!”

Preacher‘s story concerns a foul-mouthed young preacher called Jesse Custer, who has the power to speak in God’s voice. The story also features Cluster‘s ex-girlfriend Tulip, Irish vampire Cassidy and a character called Arseface – a teenager who once attempted to imitate the suicide of Kurt Cobain by shooting himself in the face with a shotgun.

The story culminates with Cluster tracking down God and attempting to make him pay for abandoning the world.

Mendes was attached to the project before he left to to helm the 23rd James Bond movie, with Total Film reporting that a script by John August was in existence. It’s not known if new director Caruso will still use August’s script.