Mark Miller is the man behind a Scottish quick mouth, the comic book series/movie Kick Ass, Wanted and many other titles in the comic book world as a guest. He's also got Nemesis up his sleeve too.
Nemesis is pretty much being toted as: what if Bruce Wayne became the Joker instead of Batman? I like that a whole lot. And now, via /Film and Filmonic, he's spilling beans saying Tony Scott, who is attached to direct, is gonna try and get him Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp.
But wait! There's more!
Like I said, the comic book's approach is fresh, pretty simple actually, make the villain the lead, the "hero." But in slightly closer viewing, this is how the world of Nemesis works:
Nemesis follows the story of Matt Anderson, a billionaire genius who's the world's greatest fighter. Though bent on avenging the death of his beloved parents, the twist is that 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 and killed the caped vigilante's parents.
Yeah? Yeah?! Yes I know. Tony Scott seems like a good choice to do this with. He been offered all kinds of stuff over the years as far as comic books properties and has passed on all of them. But as Miller himself said, this one was just to original and adulterated to walk away from.
"Tony Scott is the ultimate comic book director who’s never made a comic book movie. For fifteen years people have been asking him to [make a comic book movie], but he’s turned it all down because the material never really excited him. The one thing you can’t say about Tony’s stuff is that it’s not family-friendly, safe fun. He’s never going to do a Fantastic Four or a Spider-Man. But the minute he saw something with Air Force One being taken down, the President being taken hostage and Japanese skyscrapers falling down, it began to look more like a Tony Scott movie."
Word to your mother! Not mine. While Kick Ass, a little hokey-dokey, was a great satire and dark comedy at times, this one seems a little more the speed I was hoping Miller would pull out of himself. I might really have zeros problems with this adaptation. But never one to not spread his cards, he's aiming for the biggest stars. This is what he had to say about his dream cast:
"When I was writing the comic, I genuinely saw Johnny Depp as Nemesis. He’s a thin-faced guy, slightly creepy, a cross between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, and someone who could pull off both those things at the same time is Depp. He would get it. He goes slightly crazy in his roles!"
And about Pitt for Police Chief Blake Morrow:
"He’s Commissioner Gordon meets Sherlock Holmes, so it’s got to be a big physical policeman who you feel could stand up for himself in a physical fight. It’s got to be somebody who can take a punch. You couldn’t really get anybody who’s too cerebral. He’d have to be a very physical actor so it would need to be a Pitt. Or maybe even a Liam Neeson."
Wow. Miller sure aim's high. Kick Ass, didn't exactly Kick the ass of the box office, but no one knew the material, or the stars they chose that didn't follow comic books or film. Even if Scott and Miller nails down just one of these guys, this film will be solid. Another plus? Pitt has worked with Scott before on 2001's Spy Game. One I liked too. So there's a little bit of pull right there. On that casting, Miller had this to say:
"Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott… I just got a call from him, literally about a month ago… it was one of those very surreal things. This is a $150 million budget… he said 'Who do you fancy for it?' … I said 'I dunno, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp” so he said “That’s good, we’ll give them a call.' "
Nice. That would be so sick to have that fuckin' life! "Who do you want for you hit comic book movie adaptation? Oh okay. Some of the biggest giants in the world? We'll just call 'em." Lol. Damnit I need to get my own shit moving. Anyway, I'm obviously stoked as all fuck about this project, so I'll mos def be keepin' you tree-readin' suckas posted on this one.
Munki excitedly out. Now watch this shit.