Columbia preaching to moviegoers

Comic book movies are all the rage these days. X-Men, Spider-man...even lesser known titles such as Wanted and Constantine. Vertigo wants in on the fun as well, and when I say Vertigo you say? You say? Well if you said Preacher, you're on point. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Columbia has picked up the rights to Preacher, the comic about a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. The work was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and helped Vertigo from 1995-2000. Sam Mendes is slated to direct the film and while there are no writers or screenplay as of yet, you can imagine that Ennis and Dillon will at very least act as consultants. Columbia picks up rights to Preacher