Comics2Film Wrap for April 18th, 2003

Fri, April 18th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

PREACHER

It seems like it's been in the works forever and now actor James Marsden said

it might be close to happening this summer. While talking to MTV.com

the "X-Men" actor said he may soon get in front of the cameras to star

in the movie version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher."

"Right now it's in one of those weird Hollywood states where financing

is still kind of questionable at this point," Marsden told MTV.

"But they keep threatening to start [filming] in June, so if they do it,

I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

Marsden has been attached to play the lead role of Jesse Custer since last

summer. "Tank Girl" helmer Rachel Talalay has been on board the

project for many years as well. She would direct the feature from Ennis' script.

The movie had previously targeted production starts in 2001 and 2002. Let's see

if 2003 is the charm.

Marsden said he's drawn to several of the mature themes of the books,

including the relationship between Custer and Tulip and the religious issues

raised in the book. He also likes the fact that John Wayne's ghost is in the

story.

"I also like the bravery in Garth Ennis' writing. He's not afraid to

tackle the hypocrisies of modern religion and things like that," Marsden

said. "A couple of

people have said, 'Boy, if Garth Ennis had created a religion, I would sure

like to be a part of that.' It just makes sense, the way he tackles things in

it. It's really heavy stuff [and] it's incredibly well written."

The actor said he's definitely looking forward to playing the part, should

cameras rolls this June.

BULLETPROOF MONK

The comic based "Bulletproof Monk" opened in theaters everywhere on

Wednesday. The movie stars Chow Yun-Fat is as the titular hero who teams with

Seann William Scott's street-smart punk to protect a sacred scroll.

MGM has provided CBR readers with links to new clips from the the movie.

Check out these previews:

SMALLVILLE

Season Two of the WB's hit show "Smallville" is winding down. Click

over to KryptonSite for

all the details, including spoilers, on the episodes 'Accelerate,' 'Calling,'

and 'Exodus.'

 
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