Johnson and Smith on Preacher

Ghost Rider writer/director Mark Steven Johnson and Kevin Smith have both been talking about the upcoming HBO Preacher series. Here’s a clip from the Johnson article at SCI FI Wire:

Director Mark Steven Johnson told SCI FI Wire that he has finished the first draft of his next project, Preacher, a pilot for HBO based on the Vertigo Comics series.

“I am a big fan of them,” Johnson said in an interview at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention over the weekend. “I think it has to be a series that lasts a few years. I have just finished the rough draft of the pilot, and we’re very close to starting it.”

The script is taken pretty much from the books, created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillonwith, with each issue an hour, Johnson said. It’s too early to discuss casting until the script is final, he said.

Meanwhile, Smith told ComingSoon.net that Johnson has asked him to direct an episode:

Yeah, he asked me if I wanted to direct an episode of ‘Preacher’; which I thought was pretty kind of him; but, I don’t know if I’m up to that. I love that book so much, and being able to translate one of those books to the screen, I don’t think that’s me. ‘Cause you don’t want to be the guy who f**ks it up, and so I was like, ‘Well, I don’t know, we’ll see.’ But I’m certainly not committed to do it, only as much of I don’t want to drop the ball ’cause I like it so much. But if it was some show I didn’t like; I mean, I’ve never really directed TV anyway, so it’s kind of difficult getting my head around it, but since it’s an hour-long drama, presumably, I’d be more keen to directing a movie rather than TV – I don’t know, maybe, maybe. The thing that would keep me from doing that would be I’d be afraid of ruining what I like so much about ‘Preacher’ – so we’ll see if that happens.”

Source: SCI FI Wire, ComingSoon.net