The film adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis has had its fair share of setbacks. While it was optioned a few years ago by 20th Century Fox – to be directed by the late Tony Scott – it seemed to get stuck in development hell almost immediately (despite Millar’s insistence that the budget would be $150 million with a (potential) cast of Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt).

Then, a year ago last month, Millar announced that Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was on board to write and direct Nemesis – news that came shortly after Carnahan’s pitch to reboot Daredevil was turned down by Fox. Now, Carnahan has finally announced via Twitter that he and his brother Matthew have completed the script for the film.

Check out the tweet (with the screenplay cover page attached) below:

In a response to a tweet by Ben Robins, Joe Carnahan called the screenplay “radical” and “inflammatory”:

For those unfamiliar with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis, it’s a comic book about an evil Batman analog who fights against a Commissioner Gordon analog. The book – initially describe as “What if Batman were the Joker?” – was largely derided by comic book fans and reviewers for, among other things, its pointless shock value and nonsensical twist ending.

Here’s what I previously wrote about the book’s most criticized scene, referenced in Robins’ tweet:

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:

nemesis issue 3 of 4 Joe Carnahan Finishes Nemesis Screenplay, Calls It Radical & Inflammatory

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

Needless to say, as inflammatory as Carnahan says the script is, there will likely be some changes from the comic book to the big screen. Of course, that’s not anything new for a film adaptation of Millar’s work – most recently, Kick-Ass 2 saw much of the more controversial content from the comics softened or removed from the film altogether. And it doesn’t mean Nemesis won’t get an R rating or have controversial elements either; rather, it just means the shock value for shock value’s sake will (hopefully) be jettisoned before cameras start rolling.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Carnahan’s big screen take on Nemesis? Drop us a line in the comments.

Nemesis has not technically received a green light yet, but we’ll keep you updated as more details emerge.

Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Source: Joe Carnahan

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