HBO has killed the PREACHER TV series. Mark Steven Johnson told Comics Continuum:
“We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going,” Johnson told The Continuum. “But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point! “It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word. They offered me the chance to redevelop it but I refused. I’ve learned my lesson on that front and I won’t do it again. So I’m afraid it’s dead at HBO. “I’ve heard someone is in the process of getting the rights to turn it into a feature film. I hope that happens. But I hope it happens as a series of movies as one movie couldn’t do it justice. I really love that story and I dedicated a lot of my time to honor Garth’s work. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
§ But buck up, little soldiers! The SCOTT PILGRIM movie is burbling along:
The project has been in development since 2005, but after what seems like an eternity, it looks like the film is actually moving forward. Wright tells Wizard, “We’re hopefully going into production later this year. We’ve been doing a lot of work on it in a conception level and getting into casting and crew and stuff.” Wright and company have been making the rounds in Toronto scouting locations for the flick. But it probably makes Wright’s job a lot easier considering most of the locals in the comic were based on actual locations (not to mention; it will be fun to see my hometown on-screen without The Hulk ruining the view).
Although Brussels’ Herge Studios seems to think otherwise, Steven Spielberg remains committed to directing the first in a planned “Tintin” trilogy for DreamWorks. It will be his next directing effort after this summer’s $780 million-worldwide-grossing “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Herge Studios, which holds the rights to the iconic comic strip character, said Tuesday via a spokesman that Peter Jackson was moving into the director’s chair for the first film. But both Jackson’s and Spielberg’s camps say that Jackson in fact remains attached to direct the sequel, though he will still be a producer on the first. In the meantime, Jackson will finish postproduction on “The Lovely Bones” for DreamWorks/Paramount before moving on to co-write the two “Hobbit” movies for New Line and MGM. The first “Tintin” feature will be based on two of the books, “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” written by Tintin creator Herge between 1942 and 1944.