Comic book legend Mark Millar sat down with our own Alisha Grauso and spoke very candidly about all things comic-related as well as future plans and insight into the process of taking something from a comic book page and transporting it to the big screen. You can find the full interview here.
He gave us some insight into the status of [Nemesis](movie:579266), which has been picked up to be adapted to the big screen.
Nemesis got bought a few years back and they’ve re-upped their option and unfortunately Tony Scott was the guy who was originally into it and he had a GREAT take on it. He and I talked on the phone about some of his visual ideas for it and he had an amazing way of shooting the precredit sequence and I was so excited about it. And sadly, obviously everything happened with Tony, as you know.** But then it went to one of Tony’s protégées, an amazing guy called Joe Carnahan. He did The Grey, and for me that was my favorite movie of the year. I loved it. Joe came into my life around that time and it was nice because I had just seen The Grey and so when Fox came to me and said, “Hey, what do you think of this guy doing it?” I said, “Are you kidding me? That would be amazing.” So Joe wrote an incredible script with his brother, Matthew. And it’s just sitting there now. Nothing’s happened with it but we’ll see where it goes from there.
He seemed to be pretty excited about Nemesis, saying that he thought of all his projects, it could potentially be the next huge summer box office hit.
I mean, I just heard this morning that Superior, another book of mine is up and running over at Fox, a children’s movie. The screenplay is about 2 weeks away from being handed in. Starlight’s happening there as well with Gary Whitta. He’s writing that at the moment. And there are two other things we haven’t made public yet. But weirdly, I think Nemesis is the one out of all of them that could hit biggest. When a movie does well, like Kingsman is doing, it gives all your projects a certain amount of heat. So hopefully they’ll move soon on Nemesis. To me it’s a no-brainer. I mean, it’s evil Batman versus Commissioner Gordon. It could be just a huge summer movie, and it’s not like anything anyone’s ever seen before. You know, something really fun, a proper supervillain movie.
Hearing the comic creator himself say that he thinks it has potential to be a hit is pretty exciting - and the idea of having a supervillain that bad-ass on bigscreens seems fresh and engaging.
What do you think?