In news that probably isn't a surprise to anyone who's read or followed Mark Millar's (Kick-Ass, Wanted) career as a comic-book writer (or comments he made Thursday on his MillarWorld forum about something big breaking soon), 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Millar's latest creator-owned title, Nemesis. According to Deadline, Tony Scott (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Man on Fire, Enemy of the State, Crimson Tide, True Romance, Top Gun, The Hunger) is attached to direct under the Scott Free production banner. A screenwriter hasn't been hired yet, so a start date for production, let alone a release date, are purely speculative at this time.

Millar, best known for high-profile gigs on Wolverine, Fantastic Four, The Ultimates (an alternate universe of the Avengers), and the Marvel Universe-altering 2006-2007 Civil War mini-series for Marvel, along with that work on DC Comics/Wildstorm' The Authority, and what I consider his best work, the DC/Elseworlds Superman: Red Son, brought Nemesis with co-creator/artist Steven McNiven (Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Civil War) to Marvel Comics' creator-friendly Icon Comics imprint. The Icon imprint allows creator relatively free reign to include adult content (e.g., profanity, explicit violence). The first issue of Nemesis arrived in comic book stores this past March.

Nemesis follows a "What If?" premise. What if Bruce Wayne, instead of devoting his financial and personal resources on fighting crime as a costumed vigilante became a costumed criminal? That's exactly who Matt Anderson, a billionaire genius at the center of Nemesis is, the anti-Bruce Wayne/Batman. Anderson's father was no industrialist-philanthropist (as was Bruce Wayne's). He made his considerable fortune through multiple criminal enterprises and passed on his twisted worldview and sociopathic tendencies to his son. The first issue focuses on the costumed Anderson (he favors a white cape and cowl), eliminating a Japanese detective in Tokyo (he hunts detectives for sport), before turning his attention to Blake Morrow, the police detective Anderson considers responsible for his father's professional and personal demise.

Nemesis is only two issues into the first story arc (it'll be collected into a trade paperback later this year), but 20th Century Fox obviously saw enough in those first two issues and Millar's plans for the rest of the mini-series to purchase the film rights. A similar scenario occurred with the film rights for Kick-Ass. Matthew Vaughn (tX-Men: First Class, Layer Cake) purchased the film rights to Kick-Ass well before Millar and co-creator/penciller John Romita, Jr., completed the first eight-issue story arc.

Have you read Nemesis? If so, what do you think of seeing it on the big screen directed by Tony Scott? Or, given that the first story arc isn't done yet, is it too soon to give a definitive answer?