There's no one quite like Mark Millar for hype. Then hyping the hype. Then spinning the hype around until suddenly there it is fully formed and self supporting. But this one may be his greatest one yet.
Yesterday Mark Millar decided that he wanted to scotch the rumour that Sam Raimi was to direct a movie based on his upcoming book with Steve McNiven for Marvel, Nemesis. He wrote;
Can I just stomp this rumour before it gets any further? This week CAA was approached by an A-list director to buy Nemesis before it goes to auction in March. Then Sam announces he's not involved in the Spider-Man franchise any more, pursuing other projects. A lot of movie sites got in touch last night asking if the two stories are linked, but I just want to make it clear that Sam is not the guy who contacted my agent. I actually think he's one of the three best living directors and would be honoured to have him on anything I do, but he's not the guy who got in touch and the truth is that I'm not taking this out until March as originally planned. I want to have the whole thing finished before anybody reads it as Steve and I think we're onto something pretty special here. Civil War and Old Man Logan were massive hits, but the interest in this from the moment we even said the title has just been unprecedented. We want to make sure this goes to the right guy, though Raimi would actually be an amazing choice and it would be a hilarious middle-finger to all the suits he just walked away from.
Okay it wasn't exactly a rumour, certainly not one that had picked up traction… but then no one ever believes anything until it's officially denied. However, that wasn't enough. Today the Scot started to scotch the scotching saying "RAIMI DIRECTING NEMESIS MIGHT NOT BE CRAZY AFTER ALL!" adding;
Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails…
Nobody has seen the scripts yet. The interest in based on Wanted doing 350 mill, insane buzz around town on Kick-Ass and that CBR interview where the Nemesis high concept was explained and visual released. It's pretty crazy, but a lot of people are trying to get this before it goes elsewhere. Have another thing coming with Leinil after Summer and someone made an offer for this without even knowing what it is. Crazy times.
But then he goes and rub's Sam's nose in it by talking about Matthew Vaughan's old mucker, Guy Ritchie;
I was actually going to talk to Guy about it in the next couple of weeks, but wondered if a brilliant cop versus brilliant supervillain might be too much like Sherlock Holmes. I'm seeing Matthew this week and will see what he reckons.
Mark Millar doesn't just want to have his cake and eat it. He wants to have fuck it too, and have lots of little Mark Millar mini-muffins running around the place screaming "Daddy!".
As always, you have got to admire the guy. At the rate he's going he'll be a studio boss in three years. His own studio. And buying Disney.