Tony Scott Talks Mark Millar’s ‘Nemesis’

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Back in August, it was announced that Mark Millar’s incomplete comic book series Nemesis would be adapted for the big screen by blockbuster veteran Tony Scott. This was a big boon for Millar, considering his other comic-to-movie adaptation, Kick-Ass, didn’t exactly set the domestic box office on fire — especially its opening take.

Over the past few months, despite Millar’s insistence that a Kick-Ass sequel was greenlit, the stars of the original, Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz, indicated that it probably wouldn’t even happen. When it was announced last week that Tony Scott was developing Top Gun 2, many wondered if Nemesis, too, would fall by the wayside.

Not so, according to Scott, who told MTV News that Nemesis is definitely on the way.

“Nemesis is great. It’s something I’ve never done before. I love touching new worlds, touching new things, and that’s what excites me. Nemesis is a fresh genre for me. […] The comic sat on my desk for about a week and I kept looking at it and looking at it. […] I don’t know what [exactly made me pick it up]. What speaks to me? Why make the movie? What speaks to you is your heart and your mind. It’s spontaneity. Once you start analyzing why you’re doing something, you’re in trouble. I’ve had a love affair with every movie I’ve done — 16 now — and I’m lucky, because I’ve always been able to follow my heart. […] I’m just beginning now. We’re right at the beginning.”

Check out the video below for the full interview:

Nemesis, a story that essentially imagines an evil Batman who matches wits with a Commissioner Gordon analog, is actually one of Mark Millar’s least critically successful comic books.

(SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! Do not read below if you haven’t read Nemesis #3 and still want to!)

The last issue, for example, was mocked for its dialogue and content, as it saw Evil Batman forcibly impregnate Alternate Universe Jim Gordon’s daughter with his son’s sperm. The following panel in particular elicited groans and laughs from a number of comic book commentators:

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Not only because it’s an utterly ridiculous idea, but also because Millar neglected to mention how exactly Alternate Gordon’s daughter’s womb was “rigged,” which left many to assume it was just…well, magic.

Indeed, there has been a bit of a Millar backlash over the past couple years. His Kick-Ass was very popular with many, but loathed by many others—specifically for its portrayal of minorities as criminals. Millar’s most recent book, Superior, has been even less critically successful than Nemesis, but that’s only one issue in so far, and his Ultimate Avengers has been utterly underwhelming, especially when stacked up against his original run on The Ultimates with Bryan Hitch. That said, there’s no denying that Millar’s work in the Ultimate universe (pre-Ultimatum) and on Red Son, The Authority, and Wolverine was utterly successful, critically acclaimed, and generally entertaining to boot.

Tony Scott’s latest film, Unstoppable, starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, hits theaters November 12th, 2010. Are you looking forward to Nemesis, or are you getting bored by Millar’s “edgy” comic book-based movies? Let us know in the comments.

Source: MTV Splash Page

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  1. Mark Millar is terribly over rated.

    Tony Scott would be better off working with an established Marvel or DC character.

  2. How does Millar keep getting work? Honestly. It’s terrifying. Do the higher ups at Marvel think like he writes? Disturbing thought.

  3. I always thought Millar was a good idea man, the kind of writer who’d come up with interesting “what if” scenarios. After the initial groundwork is made, however, he seems to let his own idea go off the rails and into ludicrous territory.

    For example, Kick-Ass began as a hyper-realistic story about an unprepared teen who decides to become a vigilante in a superhero-less world…BUT THEN WE FIND OUT SUPERHEROES DO EXIST IN THE FORM OF HIT GIRL AND BIG DADDY LOLOLOLOL

  4. It’s less whether he’s an ideas man or a writer for me, and more about the fact that a lot of his work tries to cross the line twice, but never manages the second step. It just stays offensive.

  5. I absolutely love Millar’s stories. They are very different from the usual types of writers you see in comics. Whenever i think of Miller, i think of humour, sarcasm and irony. The way i see it, if you don’t get the sarcasm and irony from his work, you probably won’t like any of his works.

    But what i don’t get is why you americans keep saying his movie “Kick-Ass” was a failure at the box office? Can someone please explain to me why a movie that cost only 30 million and made nearly 100 million worldwide is considered a failure?? i don’t get it..

    • Nobody said the movie was a “failure,” it just didn’t light the domestic box office on fire. It made $48 million stateside and cost about the same when you add marketing costs to the $30 million production budget. Similarly, Superman Returns made more money worldwide than it cost to produce, market, etc., but domestically it about broke even. Did they invite Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh back to make Superman Returns Again? No, because American studios don’t consider their movies to be massive successes unless they make a lot more domestically than they cost to produce.

      As for your first point–anybody who doesn’t like what you like just doesn’t get the “irony,” huh? I’ve heard that argument before.

      • It was a lesser known property to begin with and it did well considering the source material..I’ve watched it half-a-dozen-times so far..each time with different friends and they all really enjoyed it even though they had never even heard of the movie before let alone the comics. It is doing well with DVD sales too.. It was never going to be as popular as more of the pop culture icons like Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, X-Men, etc..it just doesn’t have the fan base and 40-50 years worth of public exposure brings with it..

        • I don’t think I really disagree with anything you wrote there. Nor do I think anything you wrote there disagrees with what I’ve written. It’s a fact that Kick-Ass didn’t do that well. It didn’t have the recognition of a Batman, no, but neither did The Matrix or 300 or many more movies that made much more domestic money proportionally. Them’s the breaks.

          • We can agree to disagree :)

            Matrix and 300 were made by major studios who have huge bankroll and allowed for bigger production budgets. The Matrix had a PB of 70 million 12 years ago and 300 had a PB of 65 million..I think Kick-@$$ had a PB of 30 million and was made by an independent production companies Marv Films &
            Plan B Entertainment. Kick @$$ had many distributors worldwide who paid those production companies money for right to distribute thise films all over the world..Didn’t Lionsgate pay like 15 million for distribution rights in the US & Canada and those companies made another 45 million from selling off over seas rights..This film made money for people regardless and I think of it as more of a success because it was independent and made three-four times it’s PB worldwide..it will get a sequel..Bravo for films like this that survive in the Hollywood market the way it is right now..

  6. While I might not be personally drawn to Millar’s style, the bottom line is that Kick-@$$ DID make money and that is all it really takes to risk investment for Nemesis. If there is a pie to get a piece of, the money people want their share, and Kick-@$$ will have a strong enough appeal to drive fans of it to see this movie as well.

    I know this is off topic, but if you visit http://www.midnightreckoning.com there is an Independent film/motion comic for those interested in the more subtle “twilight zone” type experience. Take a look and offer some feedback about what you see.