Tony Scott Set to Direct Adaptation of 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?