Never one to play down the quality of his projects, long-time Starburst fan Mark Millar has recently described the upcoming adaptation of his NEMESIS title as “epic” and how it “is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.” Serious words indeed from the man behind the likes of KICK-ASS, SUPERIOR, THE SECRET SERVICE, SUPERMAN: RED SON and Marvel’s CIVIL WAR, not to mention being 20th Century Fox’s Creative Consultant for their Marvel properties.
Taking to his MillarWorld forums, Millar said, “NEMESIS is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually SHELL-SHOCKED after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we’ve never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips’ offices must have felt when Schrader’s TAXI DRIVER script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade. The fact that it’s a SUPERHERO movie is incredible exciting to me. This is the nest step for where a comic-book adaptation can go and, simply as a viewer, I’m now counting down the days until I can sit in a screening room and see the first cut. This is going to be MASSIVE.”
Bringing his statement to a close, Millar said, “This is huge, operatic, tragic, monumental. This is about America right now and the world the audience is walking back into the second they leave the cinema. Nemesis is about America’s worst nightmare in the form of a costumed billionaire attacking a city and doing everything he can to tear it down. The high concept, it’s been said, is if Batman was The Joker and that’s quite a fun way of looking at it. The cop who goes up against him, the Blake Morrow character in the book, is going to be a movie icon after this picture. I don’t know who’s going to be playing him at this stage, but I know that after reading the script everyone is going to WANT to.”
Millar is definitely known to big up his work, and this is certainly going to be setting high expectations for NEMESIS. At present, Joe and Matthew Carnahan are working on the film, with casting expected to begin in the next few months.
Expect more on NEMESIS as we get it.
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