Mark Millar on Tony Scott's "Faithful" Nemesis Adaptation
Posted 09.30.10 by Ryan
Though Tony Scott has already been officially announced as director for the Nemesis adaptation, comic book creator Mark Millar is still talking about the project, despite the fact that a screenwriter is yet to be announced and no cast has been decided yet. The comic follows a costumed vigilante who, instead of using his wealth and abilities to fight crime, intends to cause mayhem. Millar he still thinks the movie will receive the
$150 million budget he previously stated the movie needs to attract "A-list" actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. In an interview with MTV, Millar revealed he had also discussed his casting idea with Scott.
In my head I saw Johnny Depp versus Brad Pitt, and [Scott] said, "Well, that sounds good," and he has some of his own ideas as well. He’s just going to go around and get a script together and then take it out and see what he can find.
Millar explained that "a whole bunch of directors" approached the Scottish comic book writer about the property, but Scott was "at the top of the list." Millar says Scott intends to be very "faithful" to the original source material.
I think [the movie version] should be pretty much identical [to the comic]. I mean, Tony and I talked at length about it. One of the [potential] directors said, "I’d like the guy not to be in a white superhero costume," and I thought, "Well, that's the whole point of it," so we ended up not agreeing to do that. I think [Scott] is going to stay as faithful as he can. It's a big studio picture, [so] we won't have the same kind of control we had with Kick-Ass, which was a much more intimate affair, but I feel very confident in Tony's hands.
Nemesis won't only be in Scott's hands, as Millar intends to produce along with Nemesis artist Steve McNiven.
I've written the comic and I'll serve as a producer, and I always make sure my artists get to be producers as well, which is what I did with J.G. Jones on Wanted and John Romita Jr. on Kick-Ass and now Steve McNiven on Nemesis. We'll control things from behind the scenes.
Now all Millar needs is a script good enough to land Pitt, Depp, and that desired $150 million.