Could PREACHER Defeat SUPERMAN For Director Aronofsky?

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Warner Bros. studios may have some ironic competition for one of their top choices for director of the Christopher Nolan-produced reboot of their big screen Superman franchise.

Darren Aronofsky, identified as recently as Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter as being in “active” but “early” talks to helm Superman in a candidate pool that also includes names like Tony Scott and Zack Snyder, may have a choice on his hands.

A source speaking on the condition of anonymity tells Newsarama that Aronofsky is also being targeted to direct Columbia Pictures' big screen production of Preacher, based on the comic book series published by Vertigo, DC Comics’ Mature Readers imprint. DC of course is also the publishing home to the Man of Steel and a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

Preacher follows a distressed man of the cloth named Jesse Custer who goes on a trip to literally find God after he was possessed and killed his entire congregation and destroyed his church. Custer joined in his road trip by old fame Tulip and a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy. The comic was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, and published by Vertigo from 1995-2000.

Sam Mendes was originally attached as the director of a Preacher film in 2008, but according to a April 2010 interview with producer Neal Moritz, Mendes left the project and a new director was being sought for a planned 2011 production based on a screenplay by John August (Big Fish).

Given Superman is also targeting a 2011 production, Aronofsky would almost certainly be unable to direct both.

Either would be the first comics-to-film adaptation for Aronofsky, although he’s been tied to several in the past – including an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns before Christopher Nolan was tapped to head up the Batman film franchise in 2003.

Calls to the offices of Preacher's co-production houses Original Films and Kickstart Productions seeking confirmation were unreturned as of this publication.

Which do you think Aronofsky should direct, if he has his pick? Which do you think Aronofsky should direct, if he has his pick?

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