Tony Scott directing Mark Miller's Nemesis
This is great news for Mark Miller and good news for superhero film fans, Tony Scott is going to be directing Mark Miller's new story, Nemesis, and that's brilliant because his new idea is an interesting turn on the superhero story and Scott's visual style suits this genre wonderfully, plus it's not something he's attempted before.
Nemesis is Millar's latest comic book that is being sold for a feature film with Wanted and Kick-Ass having done so well and another of his works War Heroes currently in development, there looks like there's no stopping him.
Mark Millar's latest, Nemesis, is the story of a superhero like Batman who actually is the bad guy. So instead of having the baddie the one who makes mistakes and slips up all the time with the good guy always getting the better of him because he is more clever, has better gadgets, is stronger, etc, etc. Here we see that the bad guy is all these things already. In other words, imagine that Batman was a baddie.
So with Tony Scott directing this could turn out to a be a visually exciting and very fast paced ride, I think the combination of the director and source material from Millar could be a winner, although as yet there's no director attached to the project.
One interesting thing to note that The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision points out, the Nemesis comic is only into it's second issue and the film is already being talked about, and so what we're going to see is very much like his previous works, a scriptwriter is going to take the basic premise and write their version without Millar having completed his story arc, or even managed to take a good chunk out of it.
So far that's worked well as the Hollywood versions have delivered well and there's been a reason for the two to be viewed differently since the film is written before the comic story fully revealed.
Of course that's not to say Mark Millar can't sit down with the scriptwriter and tell him where the story is going to go, but at the same token I don't think he will. It will be up to Hollywood once again to decide the direction of the story of Nemesis.
Whatever way that goes though, with Tony Scott directing we're going to get a superhero film that's going to be visually exciting, packed with tension and pace, and maybe star Denzel Washington racing against time to save someone or something!
Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created.
We found out last Friday night and managed to keep a secret from all but a few of our closest friends and family. But this is the call I had a couple of weeks back, which I described as the most exciting of my career; Tony on the blower chatting about how he wanted to shoot certain scenes if we gave him the rights. He was buzzing about it, describing Steve as the best comic book artist he's seen in over twenty years.
We talked casting, we talked budget (and we're talking way more than Wanted and Kick-Ass put together here in terms of money for him to play with) and we talked with Fox about making this into a major franchise, something they're really going to invest their time and energy into...
...Tony said this was a very timely project and Fox want to get this moving as soon as possible. Next up is a script and the writer we talked about did one of my top five movies of all time. The actor he's shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.
Of course at this point Scott was trying to convince the guys to give him the rights, so there's business in here too which means that there's a lot of wooing going on. Of course that doesn't mean that what Scott has been saying won't turn out to be true, it just means that, like all Hollywood deals and projects, we should be a little wary.
However the clues are there, the scriptwriter that wrote one of Millar's top five films of all time and an actor that will blow our socks off. So who is the writer?