It had been a while since the last update on a film adaptation of “Millar & McNiven’s Nemesis,” the comic book series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, but The Tracking Board had word Monday that the film has moved studios from 20th Century Fox to Warner Bros.
Otherwise, the project appears to remain intact: Joe Carnahan is still attached to direct, and the film’s still at Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free. Tracking Board notes that “Nemesis” was published by Marvel’s creator-owned imprint, Icon, and Warner Bros. owns the DC Comics roster of characters, but as a creator-owned property, “Nemesis” is wholly separate from Marvel’s heroes.
Millar has had a successful track record of comics-to-film adaptations, including “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass” and this year’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which earned $406.7 million worldwide, with a sequel now in the works. “Nemesis” stars Matt Anderson, a brilliant billionaire who uses his skills for evil; with the comic originally promoted using the tagline “What if Batman was the Joker?”
Millar’s “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics partly inspired 20th Century Fox’s new “Fantastic Four” film, which was released this past Friday to poor reviews and a disappointing $27.2 million opening weekend box office.
“Nemesis” was first optioned in 2010, the same year the four-issue series was published. Tony Scott was original attached to direct, before his 2012 death.
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