The first issue of Mark Millar's highly anticipated comic book series 'Nemesis' doesn't hit shelves until March, but the creator is already talking about a possible film. He's mentioned directors. Could he already have one lined up? Not quite. Regarding the rumor of Sam Raimi, Millar posted this on his messageboard:
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…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.
Later, however, Millar posted:
Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails...To be continued.
Millar also talked about Guy Ritchie as a possibility as well.
What do we think? That Millar is one smart cookie. The launch of the series coincides with the release of his film adaptation of 'Kick-Ass', which is one of the most looked-forward to films of this year. And, surprise, that's when the auction for the film rights takes place. Can you say CHA-CHING?
Sounds like a great plan, provided 'Kick-Ass' doesn't bomb at theaters.