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Tony Scott to Direct Nemesis for Fox


August 7, 2010



20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to writer Mark Millar ("Wanted," "Kick-Ass") and artist Steve McNiven's graphic novel "Nemesis," with Tony Scott attached to direct and Scott Free producing. Marvel describes the title as follows:


CIVIL WAR? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He's systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he's now set his sights on Washington, DC. Between you and me, the police don't have a chance. Do not miss the book that EVERYONE will be talking about by the creative team that made CIVIL WAR the biggest book of the decade.


Millar commented on the announcement on his official site:


Oh, man. It's so good to finally be able to talk about this:


The man who shot Maverick in Top Gun, Bruce in the Last Boy Scout, yelled action for Will Smith in Enemy of the State, directed Denzel in Man on Fire (one of the finest revenge movies ever made), had Tarantino rework Hackman's dialogue in Crimson Tide and gave me Deneuve's naughtiest performance in The Hunger is directing our movie. Oh, AND he did True Romance, for my money the best of all the Tarantino flicks. Tony Scott: I can't even pretend to be cool about this.


Bryan Hitch and I would reference Tony on a weekly basis when we were doing The Ultimates. Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created. We found out last Friday night and managed to keep a secret from all but a few of our closest friends and family. 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. 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 and the writer we talked about did one of my top five movies of all time. The actor he's shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.


I'm happy and Steve's happy. This has been the most exciting week you can imagine and we're enormously appreciative of all the people who have been waiting around for the twenty-four hours we've been waiting for the news to go live. It's incredibly affirming to have people so into the work that they care enough and apologies for the delay in getting this out there, but we hope you agree this is awesome news.


Very best wishes,


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Oh, AND he did True Romance, for my money the best of all the Tarantino flicks

Yeah, this makes me either believe Millar is an out of control sycophant, desperately hyping a mid-tier director w/out a hit film in well over a decade in order to lend some kind of gravitas to his as yet unmade, but clearly already picking the color for the seats on the theme park ride, Nemesis franchise. Or . . .that he's just a moronic tool. I think I know which JZA would have me go w/ on this one.

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Haku- I've yet to read #3 of Nemesis but I'm not hating it as much as I did Kick Ass. And Tony Scott's the fucking man, and True Romance IS one of Tarantino's best flicks(closest I ever need to a Preacher Movie), so I'm actually inclined to take the column A/ Column B opinion.

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  • 4 months later...

Just read issue 4inal, and, um, yeah, prepare to have that hate rekindled, Jay. Fucking limp dick ending!



So, what, I'm supposed to be stunned the "real" Nemesis can--what--either time travel, see the future, or is so smart he can predict the outcome of events and behaviors of people at least 10 years in the future? Lame.


At least explain to me HOW this real Nemesis can do these things. Oh, wait. No? It makes for a better cliffhanger that way? Lame.


And we don't even get to see his face-whoo, like an episode of Charlie's Angels. I take that back, Charlie's Angels had hot chicks. This comic does not. Lame.


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Can we have a sombre ceremoney in which the cultural strawman torch is passed from Wanted to Nemesis, and we replace 'Big Steel Gun-fucking' with something like 'coming to a cinema this summer'?


Again, this was all I saw of Kick Ass so my expectation was significantly lowered to begin with.

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I liked Wanted though in spite of the fact that it was written by a racist manchild who seemed to learn how to write from Frank Miller's id. Unfortunately even that fuckwit didn't even seem to be present for this book, this book is short-bus-window-licker retarded to a point that it reminds me of mid-90s Image siphoned through a filter made of Mark Millar's black soul. I hope they make the movie of this into something that doesn't even vaguely resemble this book, fuck I wish they'd just take the name "Nemesis" onto old laserdisk copies of Steel and market that as the adaptation because Shaquille O'Neal 3-point shotting grenades is still far more entertaining than any part of this horrible thing. Bring on all the jetpacks, magic looms, and McLovins it takes to make this something actually worth a shit.

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