Here’a few more items to close out the morning’s trade news:
First up, after scuttling Spidey 4, there have been some questions about what Sam Raimi might tackle next, though it looks like War of the Warcraft may be his highest priority (boo! Bring on Ashley J. Williams). However, Raimi’s name is also coming up in connection with Nemesis , the next project from the creator behind Kick-Ass, Mark Millar. And it’s an intriguing concept, even as a guy who doesn’t get into comic books. The premise is this: Take a Bruce-Wayne type millionaire with tons of money and resources at his disposal, and instead of turning him into Superman, he decides to become a super- villain — a well-connected Joker, if you will. It’s a cool idea, mostly because most of us prefer a good villain over the super hero any day of the week, so why not make the focus of a movie on the villain. Anyway, in recent days, fueled mostly by Mark Millar’s own posts to his message boards, both Sam Raimi and Guy Ritchie have been discussed as possible directors for the project, though at this time, as Millar writes, there’s not much to get attached to, besides a high-concept and one visual.
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.
Here’s that visual:
As high concepts without a script go, I could definitely see a lot of potential in this one, particularly with the Mark Millar behind it (I say as one of the few outspoken admirers of Wanted, the loom of fate be damned).
Elsewhere, Mark Wahlberg is putting into development a sequel to Four Brothers, appropriately enough called Five, with an eye toward starring. Why? I dunno. The original only made $74 million, and it was so forgettable, I don’t even remember if I saw it (there was another movie that came out around the same time with Paul Walker called Running Scared; I honestly don’t remember which one I saw, or if I saw both). So, you know: Get excited. Or don’t. I don’t really care.
Finally, everyone’s favorite rapist, Roman Polanski, has a new movie coming out, which he finished before he was arrested. It’s called The Ghost Writer, and stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Kim Catrall in the overacting role of a lifetime. I’ll give it this, though: The score is not subtle: