After being stuck in development hell for AGES over at 20th Century Fox (with the sad death of original director Tony Scott putting a huge spanner in the struggling project), Warner Bros. have finally acquired the rights to the Mark Millar/Steve McNiven comics series, which has now been put in active development.
Millar’s ultra-violent, stylistic stories have been the subject of several successful big-screen adaptations in recent years, including Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service. So isn't it about bloody time one of his best stories (hopefully) gets the adaptation it so richly deserves? I don't know about you, but I happen to think so.
The screenplay for Nemesis has been rewritten by The Grey and Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan — who is now confirmed to make the jump from Fox as well (where he was set to helm the movie) in order to sit in the director's chair for the Warner Bros. movie — and his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Nemesis follows the devious exploits of billionaire genius Matt Anderson. Deemed the world’s greatest fighter, Anderson is hell-bent on avenging the death of his parents, who were notorious villains themselves. Traveling the world as a costumed menace, killing cops and toppling order, Anderson returns to Washington to kickstart a campaign of terror against the police chief who captured his parents, all building up to a tremendously bloody finale.
As others have commented before me, it is a little weird to see the project being developed over at Warner's, since the studio owns a catalog of DC Comics titles and Nemesis is owned by comic-book rival Marvel. Published in 2010 via Icon Comics (a Marvel comics imprint), Nemesis was originally optioned by Fox, with Tony Scott set to direct before he died. Warner Bros. are now developing the project with Scott Free, with Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing the adaptation for Warner.
Are you excited to see Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Nemesis one step closer to the big screen?
(via The Tracking Board)