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Tony Scott attached to direct adaptation of Mark Millar And Steve McNiven's Nemesis

08.07.2010
Wow. Three days in a row now, director Tony Scott's been in the news. First, word came that Scott is considering taking on the John Grisham lawyer-thriller THE ASSOCIATE. Then yesterday, we revealed the trailer for his latest film UNSTOPPABLE, an action-drama about a runaway locomotive.

Today, Bleeding Cool reports and Deadline confirms that Scott is officially attached to direct NEMESIS, an adaptation of the comic book by Mark Millar And Steve McNiven.

Here's Deadline's summation of the Batman-like comic: "Nemesis focuses on Matt Anderson, a billionaire genius who’s the world’s greatest fighter, bent on avenging the death of his beloved parents. The twist is, they were villains and he is also a bad guy, a costumed vigilante who travels the world, picking off top cops. He returns to D.C. to launch a campaign of terror against Blake Morrow, the police chief who captured the caped vigilante’s parents."

Scott's kinetic visual style would, I think, lend itself gloriously to a comic book adaptation. Even Millar agrees. Here's a little of what he had to say on the Millarworld forums shortly after the announcement:

"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."
Extra Tidbit: Who's your favorite Scott brother? Tony or Ridley?

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8:06AM on 08/09/2010
It's nice when comic books/graphic novels/whatever gets picked up before the entire story is told. That way the filmmaker is able to put their own original spin on the idea. However, this can be debated whether it turns out well or not.
It's nice when comic books/graphic novels/whatever gets picked up before the entire story is told. That way the filmmaker is able to put their own original spin on the idea. However, this can be debated whether it turns out well or not.
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4:26AM on 08/09/2010
Tony is by far my favorite Scott brother. Ridley has some undeniable classics with blade runner and alien and black hawk down but I would always much rather watch True Romance or Man on Fire than Gladiator or American Gangster
Tony is by far my favorite Scott brother. Ridley has some undeniable classics with blade runner and alien and black hawk down but I would always much rather watch True Romance or Man on Fire than Gladiator or American Gangster
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1:00PM on 08/08/2010

extra tidbit

i can't pick a brother...
tony: top gun, days of thunder, last boy scout, crimson tide, the fan, enemy of the state, spy game, man on fire, domino, deja vu, pelham 123 (soso movie)...
ridley: alien, blade runner, gladiator, black hawk down... he's had a couple more too that people liked (american gangster) that i didn't...

overall? i actually think tony has MORE enjoyable and great movies to his credit, but ridley's "high notes" are just a little bit higher
i can't pick a brother...
tony: top gun, days of thunder, last boy scout, crimson tide, the fan, enemy of the state, spy game, man on fire, domino, deja vu, pelham 123 (soso movie)...
ridley: alien, blade runner, gladiator, black hawk down... he's had a couple more too that people liked (american gangster) that i didn't...

overall? i actually think tony has MORE enjoyable and great movies to his credit, but ridley's "high notes" are just a little bit higher
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12:19PM on 08/08/2010

RIDLEY

BLACK HAWK DOWN. nuff said
BLACK HAWK DOWN. nuff said
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9:37AM on 08/08/2010
Ridley
Ridley
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6:15AM on 08/08/2010
Is there an awesome older black man in this comic for Denzel Washington to play?
Is there an awesome older black man in this comic for Denzel Washington to play?
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2:56AM on 08/08/2010
Why does millar love selling his stories before they're even done? Pretty sure i've only seen like three of these comics out
Why does millar love selling his stories before they're even done? Pretty sure i've only seen like three of these comics out
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1:24AM on 08/08/2010

extra tidbit...

tony, but the both kick ass in my book.
tony, but the both kick ass in my book.
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8:53PM on 08/07/2010
This is fantastic news. I have complete faith in Tony Scott with this.
This is fantastic news. I have complete faith in Tony Scott with this.
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7:38PM on 08/07/2010
the comic is great so far, and i think this is the kind of movie where Tony Scott's style is really going to be beneficial. dont have any immediate ideas for the role of Nemesis, hope to see a Cast This in the near future. as for my favorite Scott, its definitely Ridley. i love some of Tony's films but Blade Runner and Alien are timeless classics to me.
the comic is great so far, and i think this is the kind of movie where Tony Scott's style is really going to be beneficial. dont have any immediate ideas for the role of Nemesis, hope to see a Cast This in the near future. as for my favorite Scott, its definitely Ridley. i love some of Tony's films but Blade Runner and Alien are timeless classics to me.
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5:06PM on 08/07/2010

Very cool!

I'd love to see Scott on a comic book property and Nemesis (at least after 2 issues) would be a very interesting project for him. I am a self-ascribed "Millar whore" so Nemesis would make a sick film. Just to give you an idea, in the opening issue Nemesis hijacks air force one and crash lands it on the streets of DC. Now those would be some insanely cool sequences to see on the big screen especially in the hands of a director like Scott.
I'd love to see Scott on a comic book property and Nemesis (at least after 2 issues) would be a very interesting project for him. I am a self-ascribed "Millar whore" so Nemesis would make a sick film. Just to give you an idea, in the opening issue Nemesis hijacks air force one and crash lands it on the streets of DC. Now those would be some insanely cool sequences to see on the big screen especially in the hands of a director like Scott.
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4:28PM on 08/07/2010
This sounds really cool. If done right, it could be the next "Batman" type movie/franchise. Maybe Jude Law for Nemesis?
This sounds really cool. If done right, it could be the next "Batman" type movie/franchise. Maybe Jude Law for Nemesis?
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2:59PM on 08/07/2010

Don't deviate from the comics

Assuming Scott adapts the entire comic run and we get something akin to Kick-Ass, rather than Wanted, this could definitely work. Its obvious that Nemesis was written as Mark Millar's reaction to Hollywood taking the premise of Wanted and turning it into something very Hollywood (from a story about a league of supervillains into a league of vigilante heroes). He wanted to write something that if Hollywood approached it the way they did Wanted it would entirely defeat the purpose of the story
Assuming Scott adapts the entire comic run and we get something akin to Kick-Ass, rather than Wanted, this could definitely work. Its obvious that Nemesis was written as Mark Millar's reaction to Hollywood taking the premise of Wanted and turning it into something very Hollywood (from a story about a league of supervillains into a league of vigilante heroes). He wanted to write something that if Hollywood approached it the way they did Wanted it would entirely defeat the purpose of the story being told. As far as comparisons between Tony and Ridley, I lost a lot of faith in Ridley after seeing Robin Hood. Scott has to his credit Man on Fire and Deja Vu but that's about it as far as recent films. But both films demonstrate that he's capable of directing drama as well as action. Assuming Scott doesn't cast Denzel or John Travolta as Nemesis here, I could definitely see this working.
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2:47PM on 08/07/2010

Tony Scott Hands Down

Ridley's got some classics, but I enjoy more of Tony's work by far. True Romance, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, and Man on Fire.
Ridley's got some classics, but I enjoy more of Tony's work by far. True Romance, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, and Man on Fire.
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1:54PM on 08/07/2010

Extra Tidbit:

Ridley Scott FTW. Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven (director's cut) are all A+ movies in my book. Tony has made some decent films, but nothing that quites matches the masterpieces of Ridley.
Ridley Scott FTW. Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven (director's cut) are all A+ movies in my book. Tony has made some decent films, but nothing that quites matches the masterpieces of Ridley.
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6:47AM on 08/07/2010

Huh.

Matthew Vaughn scaled back some of the excess that made Kick-Ass the comic a somewhat unenjoyable read for me, and simultaneously made a film of considerable excess that was highly enjoyable. With the minor Scott onboard here, and the way Millar seems to now write comics with the future film version in mind, difficult to get excited about this one...
Matthew Vaughn scaled back some of the excess that made Kick-Ass the comic a somewhat unenjoyable read for me, and simultaneously made a film of considerable excess that was highly enjoyable. With the minor Scott onboard here, and the way Millar seems to now write comics with the future film version in mind, difficult to get excited about this one...
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12:56PM on 08/08/2010
did you really refer to tony scott as "the minor scott"
he's done as much great work as ridley.
did you really refer to tony scott as "the minor scott"
he's done as much great work as ridley.
8:46PM on 08/08/2010
That was just me answering the Extra Tidbit. Not the biggest Ridley fan, but Tony's only decent films, to me, are Crimson Tide and True Romance.
That was just me answering the Extra Tidbit. Not the biggest Ridley fan, but Tony's only decent films, to me, are Crimson Tide and True Romance.
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