If you’ve been around long enough, you know that comic creator Mark Millar likes to hype up the movies that he’s kind of involved in, but this brand of hyperbole is rare even for him. On his Millar World forums (via JoBlo) Millar says that director Joe Carnahan’s adaptation of his comic series Nemesis “is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.”
“Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually SHELL-SHOCKED after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we’ve never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips’ office must have felt when Schrader’s TAXI DRIVER script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade. The fact that it’s a SUPERHERO movie is incredibly exciting to me. This is the next step for where a comic-book adaptation can go and, simply as a viewer, I’m now counting down the days until I can sit in a screening room and see the first cut. This is going to be MASSIVE.”
“This is huge, operatic, tragic, monumental. This is about America right now and the world the audience is walking back into the second they leave the cinema. Nemesis is about America’s worst nightmare in the form of a costumed billionaire attacking a city and doing everything he can to tear it down. The high concept, it’s been said, is if Batman was The Joker and that’s quite a fun way of looking at it. The cop who goes up against him, the Blake Morrow character in the book, is going to be a movie icon after this picture. I don’t know who’s going to be playing him at this stage, but I know that after reading the script everyone is going to WANT to.”
Carnahan is currently co-writing the screenplay for the film with his brother Matthew and will also direct the project for 20th Century Fox. No release date or casting has been announced for the project just yet, but check back here for more info as we learn it.