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This week, I’m familiar with three of the four geek projects I’m listing today, so I’ll start with the one I’m completely ignorant of, but for the frequent mentions in the comments section here: Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) is set to helm an adaptation of the controversial Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon graphic novel, Preacher. And though I didn’t really know much about it before today, the description of the premise sounds absolutely killer: It’s the “story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.”

I am so fucking down with that. In fact, it’s a project that’s been long in development, having been considered as a one-hour series for HBO. Prior to that, Kevin Smith had even been attached, with James Marsden as the lead. Under Mendes, so far, no writers or cast has been put in place. But I’m sure our fanboys have many suggestions; knowing little of the source material myself, I still can’t help but think that Josh Brolin would be perfect for the title role.

Moving on: In news surprising to no one, Robert Downey, Jr. has officially signed on to Iron Man 2, as well as Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, so he’s in it for the long haul. Jon Favreau has also been signed, but not as directer of The Avengers. So far, he’s still only listed as an executive producer. Terrance Howard is still out as War Machine, while Don Cheadle is still in. Meanwhile, I’m still scratching my head on that. However, I can only imagine what the Comic-Con panel ahead of The Avengers will look like. The floors will be sticky with semen. Geek ladies — watch your step. A slip-and-fall might result in more than a sprained ankle.

In horror-geek news, it’s been confirmed: There will be a Hellraiser remake, which will be written and directed by French-director, Pascal Laugier. Laugier stirred controversy in France with his movie, Martyrs because of the unrelentingly violent nature of the film, which earned an 18+ rating in France. And the French let their toddlers get drunk and watch porn, so you know that shit had to be serious. And a seriously-good original needs a seriously-good director if there’s going to be a remake. I’m cautiously optimistic. In fact, for the Best Deaths lists I had up earlier this week, I’d wanted to include the scene from Hellraiser where a man’s flesh is ripped from his body by hooks, but I couldn’t find a good clip of it. Shame, too: That scene will fuck you up.

Finally, the long, long, long delayed Fanboys has not only got a release date — the cinematic landfill of February 2009 , opposite six other wide releases — but now there’s a movie poster. Is there any hope at all for this movie? Anyway, I’d show you the poster, but most of you would rather see Kristen Bell in a Princess Leia outfit, so here’s that. And you can get the movie poster at the esteemed source.

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