By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 22, 2011 at 4:25AM
While "I Am Number Four" did decent, though not gangbusters numbers over the long holiday weekend, the results combined with the decent CinemaScore of B+ from moviegoers seem to have propelled director D.J. Caruso into his next project. The helmer hit Twitter late last night to announce, "My deal just closed on 'Preacher.' Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!"
The long-gestating project previously had Sam Mendes attached to direct, but he left last year in order to focus on the forthcoming James Bond flick. Based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the story follows a possessed Texas preacher who teams up with a vampire on a quest to find God and hold him accountable for his negligence.
With a whole slew of vampire films in the works, it might seem like a strange time to get another project in a similar vein moving. However, audiences' appetite for blood drinkers hasn't seemed to diminished and for such an ambitious project, there is probably no better to time to find interested funders, distributors etc. eager to get another genre tale up on the big screen. No word yet on casting or when production might get underway, but those details are likely to be around the corner.