Way back in 2009, before comic book writer Mark Millar had even completed his comic, Nemesis, he was talking about its movie potential. The story, which boils down to “what if, instead of becoming a superhero, a genius billionaire embraced anarchy and became the world’s worst supervillain?”, unquestionably had a hell of a hook, and Hollywood spent years trying to adapt it into a film, with directors like Sam Raimi, Guy Ritchie, Tony Scott, and Joe Carnahan potentially directing at various points and actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp‘s names being bandied about as possible stars.
The comic was published ten years ago, and a Nemesis movie has yet to materialize. But Warner Bros. has just hired the guys behind Netflix’s Project Power as the new Nemesis directors, so the movie isn’t dead yet. Read More »
Read part one of our Joe Carnahan interview here, in which we primarily discussed Stretch and Death Wish.
Below is the second part of our interview with director Joe Carnahan. The director recently won the the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown and took the occasion to offer both updates on his career and thoughts about the current state of Hollywood.
In this section, we talk about potential alternative distribution models for Stretch, what’s going on with his Mark Millar comic book adaptation Nemesis, his admiration for Steven Soderbergh, his hatred of the foreign sales model and the dark side of the Hollywood business model. Read More »
Mark Millar‘s relationship with fans is… complicated. On one hand, the talented and prolific comic book writer has done some of the most biggest comics in the past decade and maintains a fantastic open dialogue with his readers. On the other hand, he sometimes speaks out of turn about potential film deals and hypes his work to insurmountable heights. At times, it’s difficult to take him seriously because while he’s sometimes right (Kick-Ass), many others he’s not (Kick-Ass 2.)
Both sides of Millar are out in full effect this week. Joe and Matthew Carnahan just completed their screenplay adaptation of Millar’s comic book Nemesis, which follows a billionaire who turns himself into a super villain rather than a hero. It’s set up at 20th Century Fox and Carnahan is attached to direct. Millar recently read the screenplay and published his thoughts on his website. He claims he’s not being hyperbolic when he says the film is “going to be one of the best movies of the decade,” but it’s hard to believe him. But, then again, maybe he’s right. Read his write-up below. Read More »
Want to see a bunch of awesome key frame art from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight? How about the first trailer for the Man of Steel Blu-ray? What’s the latest comic and idea from Mark Millar? Where can you see some new footage from Thor: The Dark World on TV? Has Joe Carnahan finished his Nemesis script? How is Joseph Gordon-Levitt feeling with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman? Did CinemaSins tackle Ben Affleck in Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Welcome to the first Superhero Bits of 2013! Want to read a possible roster for Justice League? How is Joe Carnanan‘s Nemesis coming along? Does Marc Webb have some Amazing Spider-Man regrets? Is Alan Taylor doing something different with Thor: The Dark World? Where can you see dozens and dozens of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Rises storyboards? Why is a Pixar animator creating a new superhero every single day? Was that Superman flying along the California coast? Does Arnold Schwarzenegger regret doing Batman and Robin? What are the best graphic novels of 2012? Read about all of this and more in the new year return of Superhero Bits! Read More »
Has the truth behind the origin of Wolverine finally been revealed? What could the Silver Surfer have looked in an Eighties movie? Is Joe Carnahan really going to do Nemesis? Was Matthew Modine surprised by his character’s fate in The Dark Knight Rises? Has Joseph Gordon-Levitt read the Justice League script? Which goodies come in the limited edition Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray box set and what is Joss Whedon‘s master plan in regard to The Avengers sequel? Read all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want to see some behind the scenes images from The Avengers? What does Rebecca Hall have to say about her work in Iron Man 3? How can you see The Dark Knight Returns on the big screen? Are things going bad in an exclusive clip from Dredd 3D? Does Mark Millar have any updates on the Nemesis movie? Has Joss Whedon begun dropping hints on Avengers 2 and what are some possible titles? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Joe Carnahan‘s new film The Grey opens this week, and the movie is a return to the early promise of Carnahan’s movie Narc, which was released in 2004. The Grey is a solid little movie that combines familiar characters with tense action and survival situations, and it should do pretty well with audiences. And if the movie does click with the public, we might see it back in theaters late this year, the better to position it for possible awards. Read More »
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Movie geeks have a weird relationship with Mark Millar. We simply adore his work: Civil War, The Ultimates, Wanted and obviously Kick Ass, but we get supremely frustrated with his penchant for saying things that seem far-fetched. For example, with one of his latest comic books, Nemesis, Millar was out in force well before the release talking about how Hollywood was chomping at the bit to adapt it. We then heard Tony Scott was interested in directing. Now, months later, the series is done and, according to Latino Review, the first real step in actually making a movie has been taken. Matthew Michael Carnahan is close to signing on to write a screenplay based on Millar’s comic. Read more after the break. Read More »