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With the third trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass released last week, April 16th cannot get here soon enough, and it is getting hard to keep down the excitement. One of the things that gives the film so much promise is the presence of series writer Mark Millar, who has personally overseen the entire production. In the months before the films release, however, Millar is doing anything but sitting and twiddling his thumbs. Instead he's spreading buzz about his next theatrical project: Nemesis.
Last month, Millar dropped a concept that made comic book fans everywhere nearly wet themselves: what if a Bruce Wayne-type character, with all of the resources in the world at his fingertips, decided to turn into The Joker instead of turning into Batman? With much of The Dark Knight's appeal coming from the incredible performance by Heath Ledger, the idea was immediately processed as a possible film. Now, a month later, the film is quickly entering the world of reality and could possibly have a big name attached to direct.
On his personal site's message board yesterday, Millar decided to take it upon himself to shut down rumors that Sam Raimi was in talks to direct the film following his unceremonious split from Sony and Spider-Man, saying,
"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.
But, oh, what a difference a day makes. This morning, again on his message board, Millar authored a post titled "RAIMI DIRECTING NEMESIS MIGHT NOT BE CRAZY AFTER ALL!," which simply read:
Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails...
Getting exciting, huh? He then updated the post with this little number:
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.
Another poster, named Victim of Circumstance, then suggested that Guy Ritchie could possibly be the right man for the job. Millar's response? He was already considering it.
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. ...
And that, my friends, is where babies and rumors come from. Obviously the entire comic book world is flabbergasted by Sony's jackassery in their treatment of Raimi, and this could very well be the item that cures all ailments. The concept alone is much more in-line with Raimi's history in horror and could provide the perfect outlet for getting back at the studio that mistreated him. Even better is the fact that Millar, not Marvel, will control the rights, meaning that he will be free to independantly finance a film adaptation, much like they did for Kick-Ass. If Raimi has any interest in getting back at Sony, Millar is the right guy to be in contact with right now.