Tony Scott Set to Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar's 'Nemesis'

August 7, 2010
Source: Deadline

Mark Millar's Nemesis

Ah, Mark Millar is back in the news again. After Warren Ellis joked at Comic-Con about how "you never write a graphic novel thinking about making it a movie," specifically naming Millar, the comic book writer is back with another big adaptation with a few big names from Hollywood attached. Deadline and Bleeing Cool report that 20th Century Fox has acquired the big screen rights to Millar's graphic novel Nemesis and has attached Tony Scott (who has been in the news a lot recently) to direct with Scott Free developing as well. Nemesis was published in March by Marvel's Icon Comics imprint with Steven McNiven doing the art in it.

Nemesis focuses on Matt Anderson, a billionaire genius who's the world's greatest fighter bent on avenging the death of his parents. The twist is, they were villains and he's a bad guy, a costumed vigilante who travels the world, picking off top cops. He returns to DC to launch a campaign of terror against Blake Morrow, the police chief who captured the caped vigilante's parents. Mark Millar wrote on his site: "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." Fun.

To me this sounds like it could be good, as long as it has a strong story, great characters, and as long as Tony Scott can actually direct a kick ass movie. I don't hate Mark Millar as much as some people out there, so I've got nothing against him. We're still not sure when we'll even see this adaptation anyway, as Scott has about 50 other projects on his upcoming slate. The three projects he's choosing from next (Potzdamer Platz, Hell’s Angels, The Associate) don't even include Nemesis, but we'll keep you updated on this anyway. Thoughts?

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  • CJ
    Sounds Like Bloody, Brutal, And No Holds Barred Comic.
  • Xerxex
    hmm I happen to like Tony Scott's directing, minus Pelham 123. So I'd like to hear more.
  • david
    @Alex Isn't Fox Also Making A Movie Version Of Ed Brubaker's comic book series Incognito? which is also From Marvel's Icon Comics.
  • david
    i love the plot a anti-hero unleashed Ultra-Violent Mayhem all over the world, oh man it's gritty, And Intense. SWEET
  • Loser
    Tom Hardy
  • Dandooo
    Yes Tom Hardy all the way. This sounds like it could be brilliant, like the anti batman, but in a good way!
  • Darren
    when i read it before you said "heres the twist" i was Batman? but then i was oooohhh damn...sounds awesome
  • Big Boss
    I agree with #5, it's time for Tom Hardy to lead.
  • Zac
    I agree 100%. Tom Hardy would be an amazing lead for this film.
  • f.y.i - "Nemesis" is Not a graphic novel. It is still being published serially. Just like "Kick-Ass", the movie is getting made before the comic book series even finishes. Makes one wonder why Millar even bothers with the comics since they're just glorified storyboards for a movie masked as a comic book.
  • xMort
    Sounds interesting but actual comics is really not that awesome. It's quite mediocre.
  • Sounds interesting but actual comics is really not that awesome. It's quite mediocre.
  • Garrett
    The comic is pretty sweet so far. It's only two issues in.
  • Kyle Morris
    My lord, will Millar ever finish a comic book BEFORE selling the idea to filmmakers? There's only two issues of this! we're talking maybe 50 pages of drawings with probably only 10 paragraphs of written material. This could really make for a good movie, but can we finish the comic book first? Seriously, I've been waiting for the third issue while Moneygrubbing Dickass Millar's trying to sell his unfinished story.
  • mandarin
    Can you release the comic before you make a movie? There's only 2 issues out Geez talk about desperate producers
  • Wing It
    Tom Hardy agreed. (From Star Trek: Nemesis to just Nemesis, heh...)
  • Uriah
    If there is an Incognito movie coming, I'd rather see Hardy in that playing the lead(s), Zack Overkill and his twins. And for the record, the first Incognito story arc is complete and collected in a TPB. Stick it Millar! :)
  • Dandooo
    I just read an interview over at Empireonline with miller and he's sounding like he might ruin this, I mean I kno he created thr comicbook but he should leave the movie to Scott, he's talking about depp and Pitt, I can't see either, well maybe Pitt at a stretch but not depp, I ran I'm a massive fan of his but just dnt think he's right for this. Tom Hardy, all the way!




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