News broke late Friday night that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s creator-owned four-issue limited series Nemesis has been optioned as a film by 20th Century Fox, with Top Gun and Enemy of the State director Tony Scott attached.
For the last few days, Millar has been teasing a major forthcoming announcement on his Twitter, calling it his “biggest news ever.” The news surfaced first on comic book gossip site Bleeding Cool, and was later confirmed on Hollywood industry news blog Deadline.
In 2008, Millar’s Top Cow miniseries Wanted was adapted for the big screen by director Timur Bekmambetov and starring Angelina Jolie. Earlier this year, Kick-Ass, another Millar-written Marvel Icon series, saw a movie from current X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn. Scott is by far the most seasoned director of the three, with his first major feature film being 1983′s The Hunger, and credits including Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, Man on Fire and 2009′s The Taking of Pelham 123. Scott, brother of fellow noted director Ridley Scott, has worked extensively with actor Denzel Washington, with their fifth collaboration, Unstoppable, slated for November.
Nemesis debuted in March, with a promotional tagline of “what if Batman was the Joker?” Thus far, two issues have been released, with a third scheduled to be out in September.