We talked comic book adaptations with John Cusack, and whether he's ready for his own comic-based film. One particular vampire and killer comic has sparked his interest, and we're wondering: Could it be Preacher?
We talked to Cusack yesterday as part of 2012 interviews:
With comic book films being so huge right now in Hollywood and big-name actors like Robert Downey Jr. starring in films such as Iron Man, would you ever consider doing a comic book adaptation or a superhero film?
I don't know, but yeah, for sure. I think the adult comics are some of the best film ideas out there.
Are there any comics in particular out there that you'd like to make?
Not one that I particularly know that I would like to do, but whenever I've come across one, I've really liked them.
Are there any [comic book movies] you've seen floating around in Hollywood that you'd like to see made?
Yeah, I can, there was one or two that I heard of that sounded really cool. One of them was about, I think... it's a vampire and a killer, and they're on the road, and it's this really strange story. I thought that sounded pretty cool. Also some of the obscure ones, I don't know if there are any more superheroes left.
That sounds a little bit like Preacher?
I think it might have been Preacher.
You should get involved with that!
I'm trying to. I heard about that one, I like that.
Who would you want to play?
I'd say either the vampire or the priest. One of those two guys.
So just the two best characters in the comic?
So I'm not 100% sure if Preacher is the script that Cusack saw, but the name definitely struck a chord with Cusack. I can't even imagine Cusack as an murderous Cassidy, but he could make a pretty bad ass Jesse or even Arseface's daddy. John August's screenplay may not even be finished yet, and it's possible Cusack was merely talking about it as an idea he'd heard floating around Hollywood.
Last we heard about the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series, Sam Mendes was possibly going to direct and the script was half finished in May. But at least Mendes said he was trying to translate it just right so there might be a second or a third.