Earlier this year it was announced Tony Scott would be directing an adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic Nemesis following the success of Millar’s his other comic-to-movie adaptations Wanted and Kick-Ass. Millar later revealed that he had Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt in mind for the lead roles (good luck with that), and now he is claiming Nemesis will be the most expensive movie ever made.
From an interview with MTV:
“They reckon the budget on this thing will probably be around $450 million mark. It’s a very expensive film, it’s got a lot of big set pieces,” he told MTV News while promoting his recently launched “CLiNT” comics magazine. “So the nice thing is, it means we can hopefully afford who we want to work with.”
Millar said he discussed who he’d like to see in the title roles with Scott recently, and told the filmmaker, “In my head I saw Johnny Depp versus Brad Pitt, and he said, ‘Well, that sounds good,’ and he has some of his own ideas as well. He’s just going to go around and get a script together and then take it out and see what he can find.”
“It’s great because a whole bunch of directors approached to direct this film and some really amazing guys came forward,” said Millar. “It was a very troubling position to be able to sort of say that some guys were right for it maybe because they weren’t good at action sequences or they were good at character stuff or maybe vice versa, somebody who’s very good at action but they couldn’t do the drama.”
I think we can all agree a $450 million budget for a movie based on a comic hardly anyone has heard of is a little…excessive. In this case I think Millar is just talking nonsense as usual. Earlier this year he told everyone 20th Century Fox had approached him to write X-Men 4, which they denied. There was also that 8 hour Superman trilogy he had planned for Warner Bros.
20th Century Fox will probably give Nemesis a budget north of $100 million, but it won’t be getting a bigger budget than Avatar like Millar is suggesting/hoping.