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Mark Millar Talks Nemesis Movie
Exclusive: Writer on Tony Scott + cast?

10 August 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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It was announced over the weekend that Tony Scott would be directing a movie version of Mark Millar's latest ultra-violent comic book, Nemesis, about a supervillain who marks the world's top cop for a less-than-subtle demise.

So naturally we got Millar himself on the blower to tell us more about what's in store for a film that, following Wanted and Kick-Ass, has a lot to live up to. But with Scott, whose visual style has seemingly becoming more and more comic-booky over the years, at the helm, Millar is confident that it can match those expectations.

"Tony Scott is the ultimate comic book director who’s never made a comic book movie," says Millar. "For fifteen years people have been asking him to [make a comic book movie], but he’s turned it all down because the material never really excited him. The one thing you can’t say about Tony’s stuff is that it’s not family-friendly, safe fun. He’s never going to do a Fantastic Four or a Spider-Man. But the minute he saw something with Air Force One being taken down, the President being taken hostage and Japanese skyscrapers falling down, it began to look more like a Tony Scott movie."

Which, of course, is exactly what happens in the first two issues of Nemesis, with the white-clad uber-bastard causing all manner of devasting death and destruction in the pursuit of bringing his target down. Certainly, our initial reaction was that any movie version would have to tone down Millar and McNiven's vision of insanity. But Millar says that's far from the case. "You couldn’t do a movie like this any cheaper than $150 million," says Millar. "It's going to go really big."

Which means that it might need some big names to get those bums on seats, particularly with a rating that's sure to be the wrong side of R/15. And while nobody has been cast just yet, Millar has some big names on his wishlist. Some very big names.

"With Nemesis, you’ve got two great roles for two A-list stars," he says. "The thing is, one guy has to be as good as the other. You’ve got Holmes versus Moriarty here or Batman versus The Joker, so each one has got to be a $20 million actor, really. I think you could go for the A+ list and get Johnny Depp as Nemesis and Brad Pitt as Blake Morrow."

Say what you will about the Scot, but he doesn't lack ambition. And, if Scott does bag Depp, it'll bring Millar's long-term plan to fruition. "When I was writing the comic, I genuinely saw Johnny Depp as Nemesis," explains Millar. "He’s a thin-faced guy, slightly creepy, a cross between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, and someone who could pull off both those things at the same time is Depp. He would get it. He goes slightly crazy in his roles!"

And Pitt for Morrow, the stoic super-cop who is revealed as Nemesis' ultimate target? "He's Commissioner Gordon meets Sherlock Holmes, so it’s got to be a big physical policeman who you feel could stand up for himself in a physical fight," says Millar. "It’s got to be somebody who can take a punch. You couldn’t really get anybody who’s too cerebral. He’d have to be a very physical actor so it would need to be a Pitt. Or maybe even a Liam Neeson."

One thing's for sure. The clock is ticking fast on Nemesis, with Scott already talking to a writer ("Probably one of the top three screenwriters in Hollywood right now"), with hopes of getting underway next year. "This is a timely thing and he wants to get a writer on this and get it going now," says Millar, who will serve as executive producer on the movie. "He doesn’t want it to be sitting on the shelf in two years."

Excited by this news? Can you see Depp and Pitt slugging it out on the big screen? Let us know, as ever, below...


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Yes.
Nemesis was the first comic book i ever read, about 1 year ago. It's the reason i started reading comics in the first place. Now it's about all i spend my money on. I love the character. Good/evil...whatever. I love how Nemesis can just come off so badass through imagery while massive names like Deathstroke and Deadpool need narration to show that they're cool. Point is...Mark Millar has developed a character that is truly as awesome as the covers let on. So i guess this rant was mostly to show More

Posted by Xanderbott at 04:37 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

No!
No! No! No! No! I am a very big fan of Johnny Depp and also a fan of the Nemesis books. However, I do no want to see Johnny Depp fit into white lycra. He just isn't that type of actor! I think Cillian Murphy would be perfect as he could portray the intelectual super-villain. Although you would need to convince him to where the suit. Also how about Viggo Mortensen for Marrow? He ticks the boxes previously mentioned i.e. strong etc. And then Don Cheadle as his partner? Perfect. Then Josh Hut More

Posted by joshissaying at 13:48 on 10 November 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Depp and Pitt slugging it out in Nemesis?
Not to be confused with Nemesis the Warlock as indicated by the pic in this months mag. Now that would be a film to get me excited! More

Posted by zombie mastermind at 03:18 on 05 September 2010 | Report This Post

Depp and Pitt slugging it out in Nemesis?
I think they would both be great in the part – that said, I think that Denzel Washington would make a very thoughtful Blake Morrow (love that name) or, if you were after a more physical and less cerebral police chief, what about Will Smith? Finally, while I think Johnny Depp would make a great Nemesis I would not overlook Brad Pitt for the same role – as an actor capable of exuding charm and menace in equal measure! More

Posted by bobbybingo at 20:32 on 13 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Simmer down people!
Whilst buying Mark Millar a beer, we had a great chat about this exciting up coming project...I can now announce that I will be playing the role of Nemisis. I can't say much more at the moment but I can confirm I will be paid $20m Turkish Dollars. EXCITED!! More

Posted by Dashbo at 17:35 on 10 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Johnny Depp??
The only collective I point the finger at is Empire themselves - why put up a load of hearsay or someone's shopping list of who they want in their movie? Just the facts please, Emps... More

Posted by andyswright at 17:12 on 10 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Johnny Depp??
Brilliant. I love that this post has come from 'Brad911'...how ironic. I bet 'Johnny999' is going to pipe up in a minute with a retort. More

Posted by Dashbo at 16:49 on 10 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mark Millar Talks Nemesis Movie
This is just ridiculous, the comic is terrible so far, the usual Millar nonsense, and I really like the way he says you need to get some $20 million actors, because everyone knows that salary=good actor. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Twat. More

Posted by dankeane at 15:42 on 10 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mark Millar Talks Nemesis Movie
I think it's ridiculous that there is talk of a movie for Nemesis already. Only two issues have been released, the rest of the series might be utter rubbish. Even the issues that have been released have only set up the two main characters so at the moment we have an idea, not a plot. More

Posted by aidanf at 12:48 on 10 August 2010 | Report This Post

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