Joe Carnahan (The Grey) tweets that he and his brother have started writing the script for Nemesis. The comic film based on the series from Mark Millar focuses on the premise of a psychotic villain who has the training and resources of Batman. This villain takes on the greatest cops in the world once a year which leaves a massive body count and a city in ruins. Liam Neeson had been rumored for the hotshot cop lead of Blake Morrow.
Deadpool has been in development limbo for months even with a script and director in place. Fox is eager to put out a slew of new Marvel films including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four it’s odd that Deadpool isn’t being fast-tracked. Last we heard, Fox was trying to figure out the best way to make the R-rated film with Mark Millar as the studio’s new creative consultant.
Tim Miller had been hired to direct after talks with Robert Rodriguez broke down. Miller last spoke about the project in October and seemed optimistic. However, Miller has since signed on to direct two big studio films Gravel and Seasons along with major involvement on the animated film The Goon. This gives the impression these other projects will likely force him to exit Deadpool.
“We’ve turned in an amazing script and done some early tests and visual development that — I’m confident — would get the fans stoked. And Ryan still loves the project. So it’s really up to Fox as to whether or not the film happens — all I can do is hope (and beg periodically) that it be allowed to move ahead.”
If Miller exits my bet would be on Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc) being contacted to direct. This is because of his connection to all parties involved. Joe worked with Ryan on Smokin’ Aces and is attached to direct Mark Millar’s Nemesis for Fox. He had been hired by the studio to put together a reboot of Daredevil which ultimately didn’t happen. It seemed the studio wasn’t confident in the material as the rights reverted back to Marvel. That doesn’t mean Joe wouldn’t be considered for future Marvel films. He had been talking with Fox about developing a Taskmaster film a while back. Besides Carnahan has Nemesis and a remake of Death Wish in development, neither have started pre-production.
Frank Grillo (The Grey, End of Watch, Warrior) just might end up landing the role of Brock Rumlow (Crossbones) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The actor has Tweeted (via CBM) tidbits that he’s met with Marvel Studios for a role in the sequel not to mention hinting it could be Crossbones. Confirming this possible villainous role from another source close to the actor. It’s seems like an excellent casting choice as Grillo has been apart of some solid flicks. Other new additions include Anthony Mackie (Million Dollar Baby, Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson/The Falcon and possibly Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim, The Thing, Death Proof, Smashed) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13.
Variety reports that James Badge Dale has joined the cast of Iron Man 3. He’ll will play Lt. Eric Savin a soldier who is brutally injured after stepping on a landmine. Savin transforms from soldier to a villainous cyborg named Coldblood. James is best known for his role on HBO’s The Pacific along with supporting roles in The Departed, The Grey, Shame and Disney’s upcoming adaptation of The Lone Ranger. They also confirm that Rebecca Hall (The Town, Prestige), Guy Pearce (Lawless, Prometheus, Hurt Locker) and Ben Kingsley are all set for the sequel. Shane Black will be co-writing/directing the film with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle returning.
Deadline reports that rising star Nonso Anozie has landed a supporting role in Ender’s Game. Nonso is best known to British audiences for roles in RockNRolla, Cass, Atonement, Happy-Go-Lucky and Brighton Rock. North American audiences will recognize him from Conan The Barbarian and The Grey. He also landed a part in season two of Game of Thrones which will likely help boost his awareness. Nonso will play Sgt. Dap in the film that is being released on March 15th 2013.
ShowBlitz reports that Thor actress Jaimie Alexander has landed the female lead in the thriller Intersection. Apparently actresses like Gemma Arterton and Brooklyn Decker were also interested in the role. The film will star Frank Grillo (Gangster Squad) who has been recently seen in Warrior and The Grey. It will be directed by David Marconi who is better known as screenwriter writing for films like Enemy of The State and Live Free Or Die Hard. Intersection takes place in Morocco, where the wife of Grillo’s character plots to kill him with her lover’s help. The plan goes awry when the lover and husband are involved in a car accident on a remote desert road. Production on the movie will start up this month. Alexander is expected to reprise the role of Lady Sif in the Thor sequel which will start production this spring. She recently finished production alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action film The Stand.
In the last couple of days it was revealed on Twitter that Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) seemed to have replaced Tony Scott as the prospective director of Nemesis. The adaptation of the Mark Millar comic that poses the question “what if Batman was a villain?”. There had been rumblings that Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt were wanted for the role of super cop Blake Morrow. Joe during an interview with Collider reveals he’d like to see Liam Neeson take the part. I can’t argue with him since Neeson seems perfect for these grizzled action roles. His current movie the Grey is gathering a lot of positive buzz so it could be a great move to see Carnahan take on this comic book project.
“You know it’s funny—and I’ll let this cat out of the bag just for you—Mark Millar and I were talking about Nemesis and I had mentioned that I think a particularly fantastic Blake Morrow would be Liam Neeson.”