Joe Carnahan Might Direct Mark Millar's Comic Villain Film 'Nemesis'
It's unfortunate that The Grey director Joe Carnahan won't get his shot at a Daredevil reboot for 20th Century Fox (see his pitch videos here), but perhaps he'll take on another superpowered project instead. Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar recently offered an update on his own fan forums (via ComingSoon) that Carnahan will now direct Nemesis, a project that follows a billionaire who is the world's greatest fighter out to avenge his parents' death. But he's a villain instead of a hero, and goes around taking out the world's best police officers. Joe and his brother Matthew (The Kingdom, State of Play) also co-wrote the script.
We are all saddened by the news of director Tony Scott's passing, not only because of the family members he left behind, but also because of his films in development that we'll never get to see made through his vision now that he's gone. Nemesis was originally slated to shoot with Scott behind the camera, and it's fitting that Carnahan - a disciple and protoge of Scott's - could be the one who ends up bringing this project to life.
I say he "could" be the one to do it because Millar is known for running his mouth and not exactly delivering on a lot of his promises, but if the Carnahan brothers have already written a script, this seems to be further along than just the hopeful ravings of a man looking for attention. If this turns out to be true, it will be exciting to see how Carnahan's style is applied to a superpowered canvas, and the twist of it being told with a supervillain as the central character is enough to make this one stand out from the deluge of superhero films we've been getting over the past decade. Is Carnahan the guy for the job?