While promoting Priest in 3D during the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, Dread Central had the chance to talk exclusively with director Scott Stewart (Legion) on what drew him to the story of Priest, collaborating with Priest creator Hyung Min-woo, and why he decided to do post-filming conversion of the project into 3D.
I am really proud of this movie and proud to be at Comic-Con with Priest,â€ť explained Stewart. â€śItâ€™s definitely a much different movie than Legion was. Itâ€™s a broader story in terms of the scope of the action and the world the story takes place in. I fell in love with this story about a man who has to rescue someone he loves and has to face his own personal demons beyond the threat of vampires while doing it. It resonated with me.â€ť
I spoke to Stewart about how much of the graphic novel fans will get to experience once Priest in 3D heads to theaters in May 2011.
Stewart said, â€śI was familiar with Hyung Min-wooâ€™s work on the Priest graphic novels before I got on board the project. I had read the first few books but didnâ€™t get to finish them all because there are 16 of them. But the thing about the series is that thereâ€™s really no resolution at the end of the 16th volume so the world is wide open.â€ť
â€śThen, when I read Cory Goodmanâ€™s script, it blew me away. He distilled a lot of the elements that were in Min-wooâ€™s books and then added some of his own touches to this world. I describe the film as a true collaboration between Cory, Min-woo and myself where we all brought our own fish to fry, so to speak. I think fans of the graphic novels will see a lot of the elements that they love from those pages as well as some new ideas that clearly pay homage to Min-wooâ€™s original vision of Priest,â€ť Stewart added.
Priest becoming a film also sparked the creative fire for Min-woo, who hadnâ€™t written about Priest in a very long time. Stewart explained how the magic of the film project inspired the artist to create a whole new Priest story tying his novels to the big-screen adaptation.