Mark Millar: Joe Carnahan to Direct ‘Nemesis’; ‘Secret Service’ Waiting on Matthew Vaughn

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:12 am,

Mark Millar Nemesis Secret Service Update Mark Millar: Joe Carnahan to Direct Nemesis; Secret Service Waiting on Matthew Vaughn

Though Mark Millar’s comic books Kick-Ass and Wanted are the ones most associated with his name, there are several other properties the high profile writer has under his belt. Many of them may not be getting off the ground with film adaptations just yet but two of them, Nemesis and The Secret Service, are moving closer and closer to production.

To give fans a heads-up on how those particular projects are doing, Millar gave an update at his personal site over the weekend saying that Nemesis has found its director in The Grey helmer, Joe Carnahan. As some might know, Carnahan just recently saw his dreams of rejuvenating Daredevil for the big screen dashed, but thankfully he’ll be able to roll a successful pitch into another superhero property.

Despite Millar’s claims about the progress made with Nemesis, though, the project still has yet to be greenlit. Representatives from Fox have met with Carnahan, and like his take on the property, but that’s all we know.

Given the narrative in Nemesis, which follows a supervillain bent on taking down the US Government, we don’t expect Carnahan to reuse any of the ideas explored in his take on Daredevil. But for anyone that hasn’t seen the sizzle reel for the canned project, make sure to check it out.

In addition to an update on Nemesis, Millar also wanted to bring fans up to speed on the progress being made with his other superhero project The Secret Service. For Secret Service, Millar is reteaming with Kick-Ass Director Matthew Vaughn to tell the story of a British secret agent who trains his nephew.

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Millar says that as soon as Vaughn wraps his work on X-Men: First Class 2, which will follow the Days of Future Past storyline, they can begin planning out Secret Service. Millar also reports that the production is courting Mark Hamill to reprise his cameo from the first issue of the comic.

But don’t expect Secret Service to get off the ground that fast, Vaughn still has quite a large commitment to X-Men.

“It’ll be eighteen months at least before we get into a ‘Secret Service’ movie since ‘X-Men 2′ is such a huge commitment for Matthew.”

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard an update from Millar on either of these projects, but apparently processes are being put in place to at least ensure some pre-production begins on both films. Nemesis appears to be the more likely candidate to release first, maybe with Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt in a starring role, with Carnahan currently in a holding pattern since Daredevil.


Source: Mark Millar (via Superhero Hype)

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  1. Shame Carnahan couldnt make his Daredevil. Looked to be the most creative and innovative Marvel movie yet, next to Item 47.

    Curious to see what he does with Nemesis. Indie Comics are always a great breathe of fresh air from the typical superhero mold.

    • he can always pitch his idea to marvel once they get daredevil back.

      • lol Marvel Studios doesn’t have the b@lls to make that film or anything close to it.

      • I’ll bow down before Marvel the day when they make a violent, dark Daredevil set in the past.

    • i think it was Carnahan who tweeted something last week regarding his daredevil pitch being dead at fox.

      • Ah I went to his Twitter page and found it “the sand left the hourglass and time simply ran out.” Sounds pretty dead to me. I guess on October 10th it will be official.

  2. Not familiar with either nemesis or Secret Service. Anyone got any more info on what they are about? Please print answer here!

    • google search engine.

  3. Liam Neeson would be perfect for the policeman (can’t remember the character’s name) trying to capture Nemesis, as for Nemesis, Mark Millar’s suggestion of Johnny Depp would be interesting. Would love to see Depp take a darker more sinister role than he has of late.

  4. i hope that they won´t adapt – superior-, he could also call his comic – god on earth- it´s too overblown,too much stolen from superman. and i have read 15 sites of – nemesis- online. i don´t like millars comics that much,it´s always a satire of beloved superheroes,too much of it.

  5. They don’t sound like your average superhero storys, so I’m interested to say the least.

  6. 1. glad to see that carnahan’s ATEAM oriented DAREDEVIL not being pickedup.
    2. NEMESIS, is this a white batman trying to take down the government.
    BOTTOM LINE- smells like stinkers…

    • You have no idea what you’re talking about Rod22. You should try picking up a comic before you decide to quickly be so negative.

  7. “The late, great Tony Scott was developing this as a project to direct so it’s nice to see Carnahan ( who was a close friend) picking up the torch.