Welcome to The Morning Read.
I'm going to be out of the house all morning tomorrow, so I've got a lot of work to do between now and then to make sure there's plenty to read for you guys here on the blog. And since there's a ton of news breaking all over the place today, this morning's Read is already overstuffed with things worth discussion.
For example, there's Mark Millar's upcoming project "Nemesis," which appears to be a bidding war just waiting to happen. The high-concept premise sounds like it'll catch fire on the heels of "Kick-Ass," telling the story of a billionaire who also happens to be a nightmarish supervillain who loves to pick one cop per year to torment and taunt before finally killing him. Basically, he's Batman and the Joker in one body, and in the upcoming series, he finally picks an American cop, who turns out to be the best opponent he's ever had. "Wanted" was also a pretty major world-wide hit, so Millar is about as hot as a comic creator can be in Hollywood. The only thing that would make "Nemesis" even more attractive to studios would be if a major director was onboard to direct the film.
Oh, what's that? Sam Raimi suddenly has an opening on his dance card? Verrrrrrry interesting. I know that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are excited about having Raimi make "World Of Warcraft" his top priority, but I'd love to see a pissed-off Raimi making a superhero film that was designed to fly in the face of Marvel and Sony's next "Spider-Man" as well. It would be a delicious way to spend summer 2012. In the meantime, if you want to have the supercop in "Nemesis" named after you, they'll be auctioning off that honor in the next few days, so keep your eyes open.