Director Tony Scott has been tearing it up on Filmonic lately: his new trailer for Unstoppable hit a couple days ago, and he’s in talks to direct Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate. Now, there’s another interesting story rumbling through the interwebs: Bleeding Cool reports Scott is attached to direct Nemesis, a film based on the comic by Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar.
If you haven’t heard of Nemesis, it sounds like a pretty cool take on the ever-exhausting superhero genre. This one centers on yet another billionaire costumed vigilante, but instead of the typical hero role, this guy’s the supervillain. He’s essentially the only costumed villain in the world, and because he’s at the top of his game, he travels the world picking on one police officer in major countries and making that person’s life miserable. It’s been pitched as “what if Batman WAS The Joker?”, if that makes any sense.
A writer for the screenplay hasn’t been set yet, but Scott Free (Ridley and Tony’s production company) will produce for 20th Century Fox. Millar added the following to a website called Millarworld:
Bryan Hitch and I would reference Tony on a weekly basis when we were doing The Ultimates. Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created.
In the same post, Millar mentions a bit about the budget and potential casting:
We talked casting, we talked budget (and we’re talking way more than Wanted and Kick-Ass put together here in terms of money for him to play with) and we talked with Fox about making this into a major franchise, something they’re really going to invest their time and energy into…The actor he’s shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.
What do you think about Tony Scott directing a superhero movie? Are you excited to see Nemesis come to the big screen?