- Cast: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, Cam Gigandet, Lily Collins, Stephen Moyer, Brad Dourif, Mädchen Amick, Alan Dale, Jacob Hopkins, Dave Florek, Joel Polinsky, Tanoai Reed, Arnold Chon, Henry Kingi Jr., Austin Priester, Marilyn Brett, Kanin Howell, Julie Mond, Michael D. Nye, Reiner Schöne, Kevin T. McCarthy, Boyuen Lou, Josh Wingate, Jon Braver, Casey Pieretti, Theo Kypri, John Griffin, David Backus, Roger Stoneburner, David Bianchi
- Director: Scott Charles Stewart
- Producers: Michael De Luca, Joshua Donen, Mitchell Peck, Sam Raimi
- Co Producer: Nicolas Stern
- Executive Producers: Josh Bratman, Glenn S. Gainor, Steve Galloway, Stuart J. Levy
- Art Directions: Andrew Max Cahn, A. Todd Holland, Christa Munro
- Casting: Rick Montgomery
- Costume Design: Ha Nguyen
- D.O.P.: Don Burgess
- Editors: Lisa Zeno Churgin, Rebecca Weigold
- Makeup: Ve Neill
- Music: Christopher Young
- Production Design: Richard Bridgland
- Set Decoration: Robert Greenfield
"Priest", a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Buckaroo Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions, Screen Gems, Stars Road Entertainment, TOKYOPOP
- Production Schedule: September 2009 - 20 November 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "After playing an archangel for director Scott Stewart in "Legion", Paul Bettany finds himself demoted on Christianity's corporate ladder to being a priest, not the first or likely last time the Brit will play a man of the cloth. What sounds like yet another vampire movie actually resembles a sci-fi post-apocalyptic Western in tone, albeit one with supernatural elements and gun-toting martial arts action.
Though its based on the Korean comic series, the film bares very little resemblance to its rich and very complicated source material where fallen angels and zombies are key components of the story. Yet it does manage to capture an interesting societal element with people living in cramped giant metropolises ruthlessly controlled by the church.
Work on the project began a few years ago and initially Sam Raimi was to produce, Andrew Douglas ("The Amityville Horror") was to direct, and both Gerard Butler and Steven Strait were to star. That incarnation fell apart and the project started over from scratch early 2009, though Raimi remains attached as producer alongside Michael DeLuca.
How this version will go though is hard to say. There's been several large release date relays here, partly to give the filmmakers time to convert the film into 3D and partly for the digital effects involved with the non-human 'feral' vampires of the piece - creatures that increasingly resemble a giant hulking foreskin with teeth the wilder they are. Certainly from the trailer it looks more fun than "Legion" ever did."