Once upon a time, Fox were making plans for a big screen adaptation of Mark Millarand Steve McNiven’s Nemesis. I remember it well, not least because Bleeding Cool were the very first to tell you when director Tony Scott became attached.
It was also memorable for the casting rumours that kept bubbling up, often from Millar himself. Was Johnny Depp going to star in the film? With Brad Pitt?
More dependable was a report that Matthew Michael Carnahan, brother to director Joe, and writer of the upcoming World War Z as well as State of Play, The Kingdom and Lions for Lambs, was going to pen the screenplay.
Emphasis now on was. Past tense.
Joe Carnahan has this afternoon tweeted, publicly but as an @reply to Millar, a pretty clear indication that the film has been scrapped:
“Fucked off” means scrapped, right? I don’t know how else to read it – though, when I use the phrase it means the same as “pissed off”, ie. made angry.
Millar responded with surprise:
And we can assume they’ve now started hashing it out in private.
So there was to be no making-it-up-at-the-same-time ploy here, as there had been with Kick-Ass. Seems like the Carnahans, or at least Fox, wanted Millar to hand over the full line-up of ducks before they started putting them in a row.
The first four-issue miniseries has been completed and published, though it’s not clear if Fox wanted more than this, or if they pulled the plug some time ago.
Tony Scott has certainly still got plenty more on his plate, including the drug smuggling thriller Narcosub and a sequel to Top Gun, so I don’t think he’s missing this project at all.
And perhaps the involvement of Joe Carnahan, who most typically only writes what he directs, is a clue that Scott only held the reins momentarily.
It’s not looking good for a Nemesis movie right now. Perhaps if Matthew Vaughn’s Superior turns out to be a smash…?