People always say that Twitter changes the way news spreads, and here’s proof: D.J. Caruso, director of current box office #3 I Am Number Four, has announced himself as the director of Preacher. On his Twitter.
It was hours before any of the usual sources, like Deadline and Hollywood Reporter, posted anything about this, but it appears to be a done deal. Here’s the exact word from Caruso (the edit on the f-word is ours, not his): “My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f*cking pumped!” Despite this major news, Caruso currently only has 215 followers on Twitter, a number which will surely inflate in the coming days.
Preacher is, of course, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s acclaimed, beloved 66-issue epic that was published from 1995 to 2000 by DC’s mature readers imprint, Vertigo. It tells the story of Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher searching (quite literally) for God. An adaptation has been circling in Hollywood in one form or another for years, including rumors of an HBO miniseries. Sam Mendes was previously attached, and last September, Newsarama reported that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was considering the project, but he’s since committed to a 2012 Wolverine movie.
Other Caruso-directed films include Disturbia and Eagle Eye, both starring Shia LaBeouf. Caruso also directed an episode of Smallville, 2002′s “Shimmer.”