Anyone who's read Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher knows that it's an excellent, excellent comic--witty and creepy and tough and scary. And anyone who's read a word about Preacher on the internet knows that people have been trying the book to film for nearly as long as it's been around--Kevin Smith was supposedly involved with a failed adaptation like a decade ago, and more recently, Mark Steven Johnson, the cinematic genius behind Daredevil and Ghost Writer, was threatening to turn it into an HBO series, which thankfully didn't happen.

Now comes word that solid director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is gonna direct a film version of the comic. From Variety:

Sam Mendes will direct a bigscreen adaptation of the supernatural graphic novel Preacher for Columbia Pictures.

Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, graphic novel focuses on the preacher of a Texas town, who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.

I prefer Wikipedia's synopsis:

Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

This movie could be excellent. True, it could also be terrible. But with Mendes on board, the odds of it not sucking are significantly better than those of it sucking. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to bask in the prospect of a badass Preacher movie for a little while. I'll stop whenever I start wondering what it'd be like to hear Jesse Custer pontificating on the beauty of a plastic bag being blown around a parking lot.