When it comes to optioning creator owned comics, Mark Millar seems to have the golden touch. Following the release of "Kick-Ass" in theaters earlier this year, Millar's latest comic book project has also found a home on the big screen.
According to Bleeding Cool (and later confirmed by Deadline), Fox has picked up the film rights for Millar and Steve McNiven's "Nemesis" with Tony Scott attached to direct and his Scott Free Productions signed on to produce as well. As a director, Scott is perhaps best known for helming "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of The State."
More recently, Scott has collaborated with Denzel Washington on a number of films, including "Man on Fire," "Deja Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and the upcoming "Unstoppable."
The first two issues of Millar and McNiven's "Nemesis" were released earlier this year. The story follows a billionaire genius who becomes the world's greatest supervillain and unleashes a global reign of terror in order to avenge the death of his parents against the cop who arrested them. Millar's early description of the "Nemesis" compared the title character to an evil version of Batman.
Over at his message board, Millar exuberantly shared some additional details.
"I can't even pretend to be cool about this," wrote Millar. "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."
"As you can imagine, I'm more than excited," continued Millar. "Steve is delirious and this puts our books instantly in an entirely different league in Hollywood terms. Tony said this was a very timely project and Fox want to get this moving as soon as possible. Next up is a script."
In addition to "Nemesis," Millar's "Kick-Ass 2" will hit comic stores later this year both in a new miniseries and in Millar's "CLiNT" UK comic book magazine as well as "Superior," his next creator owned project with Leinil Francis Yu, which Millar has hinted that Matthew Vaughn may be attached to.
What are your thoughts on Millar's latest potential film adaptation? Do you think that the "Nemesis" film will wildly differ from the comic in the way that "Wanted" or "Kick-Ass" did? Fight the law and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!