In case you haven't heard the sad news yet, "Top Gun" and "True Romance" director Tony Scott committed suicide on Sunday (August 20), leaving his fans, colleagues and everyone else who knew and loved him in shock.
One of the people who recently got to know Scott was comics writer Mark Millar, who was working with the filmmaker on an adaptation of his comic book "Nemesis." (Joe Carnahan, who nearly helmed Fox's "Daredevil" reboot, is currently attached to adapt Millar's comic.) In response to Scott's suicide, Millar took to his blog to pen a touching note on his time working with the legendary filmmaker. Read an excerpt below.
In the brief period we got to know each other, where he was talking about directing this adaptation himself, I found an instant rapport. He hated email and instead used to communicate with funny hand-written notes which his assistant would scan and mail to me and he'd tend to communicate this way or by postcard if we didn't speak by phone. In the short time we were planning our thing I found him incredibly funny and polite, courteous to a fault. I was a nobody writer from a world he really barely knew (he grew up a good ten years before Marvel comics really seized the public imagination), but he loved the anarchy of comics and my co-creator and artist Steve McNiven really appealed to him because he reminded him of the Heavy Metal work he dug, the Moebius and Rank Xerox strips he'd gotten into. I remember getting one of his cyber post-cards with a little drawing saying our scheduled call would be 30 mins late as he had a meeting and I think this pretty much sums him up: Polite and charming to a guy he barely knew and always keeping a personal touch in an industry where that's often the first thing to go.
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