There has been a bunch of debate regarding the aesthetic similarities of comic book movies occurring online lately. Just the other day, Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a rather lengthy piece dissecting his problems with superhero films, decrying their lack of individuality while highlighting how most feel simply like marketing for the next movie in the franchise instead of self-contained, meaningful narratives (for the best example of the latter, see The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Even I spilled a ton of words dissecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, coming to the conclusion that the assembly-line production model and lack of auteurist mindset prevent even the best movies in the sub-genre from establishing unique identities.
Unfortunately, one of the auteurs who was left behind by a studio after proposing a bold vision be applied to an established property was Joe Carnahan (The Grey), whose Death Wish-style take on the Daredevil series sounded truly magnificent. And his most recent comments regarding his scrapped proposal for the character are enough to make any true cinephile cry, as it sounds like one of the coolest comic book trilogies ever envisioned.
Mark Millar, the brains behind Kick-Ass among other things, is moving ahead with yet another project adapted from his works. The new one, Nemesis, has been given the treatment by Joe and Matthew Carnahan and the latter half of that duo will also be acting as director as far as things currently stand. Now, the hype for the adaptation begins as Millar took to the Internetz and began making claims that this movie will be the biggest flick of the entire decade. Check below to see exactly what Millar had to say after the jump:
Last week, word broke that FOX would not be going forward with their Daredevil reboot. Basically, the studio couldn’t get their shit together on time and, thus, will be letting the movie rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. While most comics fans are thrilled with FOX’s distance from the property (they typically make bad comic book movies), others are a little bummed. Myself include. Primarily because of director Joe Carnahan. He had visioned an edgy, Serpico-styled superhero flick based in the 1970’s. To me, that sounded completely bad-ass. It would have been really interesting to see Marvel character go dark.
The news, however, isn’t so bad for Carnahan. The Smokin’ Aces director has shifted from superhero to supervillain.
Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar has revealed on his forum that Carnahan is set to bring his supervillain comic Nemesis to life on the big screen. Here’s what Millar said…
Mighty Joe Carnahan is directing (from a script by he and his brother Matthew), but this much you already know. Fox wanted us to get in the same room for the first time and really hash this out, which was exciting. Joe has a really brilliant take on this and Matt and he are going to take things from here so I’m really happy. Absolutely no casting has been done formally although you can google the MTV interview from last January where he and Sir Liam Neeson are chatting about it. More news as it happens.
Villains are the characters that fascinate us the most. So, it’s pretty genius to have a comic-book that is solely from the bad guys perspective. This is probably why Millar‘s Nemesis tickles nerd fancy. For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on sort of a negative Batman -all the money and toys, but none of the morality- who is the worlds only super villain.
As fascinating as the premise is, I wonder if it would appeal to mass audiences. The comic features attacks on the Pentagon, bombs on the President of the United States and the innumerable deaths of heroic characters like police officers. It’d be the envy of terrorists everywhere.
Let’s start off with a disclaimer. Take the following news with a rather large grain of salt (figuratively of course, a sodium rich diet can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, we care about your health).
Mark Millar spoke to the Scottish Sun recently and a lot of this seems to be big talk and little fact.
Mark’s sequel to 2010′s Kick-Ass is about to be announced and Top Gun director Tony Scott will make Nemesis – about a criminal mastermind who wreaks havoc on police chiefs around the world — which Millar released as a graphic novel last year.
Couple that with the problems the production has had getting off the ground, not to mention the first one wasn’t the money maker the studio wanted. Hell, even the writer/director Matthew Vaughn said it might not be the greatest idea. Granted, their is whole MAYBE it’s a Hit-Girl movie. Wait, a Nemesis movie? Should we even speculate on that? Is this a wish list or something factual, damn you Scottish Sun, give me something to work with here!
Mark [Millar] also has his sights on breaking onto our TV screens for the first time with the launch of his company Millarworld Productions.
Mark — who has just been given the green light on SIX new Hollywood movies — says: “It would be easy for me to take off and just set up base in Los Angeles.
For the record, the article was titled “Mark Millar: I want my films to do for Scotland what Lord Of The Rings did for New Zealand” and it was largely a conversational puff piece, just celebrating a local boy done good, they is.
So, let’s just wait and see if this official announcement ever happens. If/when it does, we’ll have it for you.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Villains are the characters that fascinate us the most. So, it’s genius to have a comic-book that is solely from the bad guys perspective. This is probably why Mark Millar‘s Nemesis tickles nerd fancy, as it does just that. For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on sort of a negative Batman (all the money and toys, but none of the morality) who is the worlds only super villain.
Back in August it was announced that rights to make Mark Millar‘s over the top villain centered comic ‘Nemesis’ had been optioned by 20th Century Fox with Tony Scott (Top Gun) wanting to direct. Millar recently flapped his gum’s about the project:
The Nemesis movie is the next thing we’re all starting to get quite excited about. Hopefully in the next few weeks that’s out with a screenwriter, and hopefully when the screenplay is done in a few weeks time, we can really get moving on that.
Now, the first real step in actually making a movie has been taken. Television writer Matthew Micheal Carnahan (brother to Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan) is one hooker and a can of Pepsi away from signing on to write a screenplay based on Millar’s comic. Caranhan’s work includes television series you’ve never watched: Dirt, Fastlane, Thieves, Trinity and so on.
Nemesis is rounding out to pretty savory ride, but is it sellable? The comic features attacks on the Pentagon, bombs on the President of the United States and the innumerable deaths of heroic characters like police officers. Eh, the terrorist will LOVE IT!
Mark Millar has been a very busy man, with people nearly begging him to work on the Kick-Ass sequel and running CLiNT, the British comics magazine anthology. With his latest work Nemesis, alongside artist Steve McNiven, being optioned for a film deal Mark is as busy as he can be. The critically acclaimed writer that created a world where villains ruled (Wanted) and was crucial in Marvel comics Civil War took time out of his day to speak with Newsrama. Mark took a few minutes to talk about the current state of his current projects, the Kapow! Comic Con and a slew of others.
Millar Mayhem Time
The following are excerpts from the interview:
On Millar continuing to publish through Marvel’s Icon line-up
There will certainly still be a good relationship with Icon. Kick-Ass will definitely still be coming through Icon, and I’m talking to Marvel and other publishers about where the other stuff will be appearing. Certainly Kick-Ass. Johnny [Romita] and I are planning three volumes of Kick-Ass, and then they’ll all be done at Marvel.
The current state of Kick-Ass 2
We talk about different stuff every day, but almost certainly. We just have to make sure the actors don’t get too old. Chloë [Moretz] in particular. We can’t wait until she’s 15. We don’t want Hit-Girl with kids.
What about other works like Nemesis and Superior
The Nemesis movie is the next thing we’re all starting to get quite excited about. Hopefully in the next few weeks that’s out with a screenwriter, and hopefully when the screenplay is done in a few weeks time, we can really get moving on that. Superior should be fast-tracked as well.
Want to read the rest, check out the interview, in it’s entirety on Newsrama.