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Comic writer Mark Millar's Nemesis in film adaption

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Image caption Mark Millar has blogged on his website about the latest film venture

A story by Coatbridge-born comic book writer Mark Millar looks set to be adapted for a film directed by Tony Scott.

Nemesis - a costumed vigilante avenging the deaths of his criminal parents - was co-created by Millar and Canadian artist Steven McNiven.

Wanted and Kick-Ass, two other graphic novels written by Millar, were recently adapted for films.

Scott previously directed Top Gun and Enemy of the State.

Millar announced the latest movie venture on his website blog.

He said the film's budget would be larger than any of his previous work adapted for films.

Film giant 20th Century Fox has reportedly acquired the screen rights to Nemesis and have asked Scott to direct it.

Kick-Ass, which was shown in cinemas earlier this year and attracted controversy for some of its scenes of violence, was directed by Londoner Matthew Vaughan.

Richmond Clements, a co-organiser of Inverness comic expo Hi-Ex, said Nemesis explored the idea of what would happen if super villains existed in the "real world".

He said: "I believe his original tagline was 'What if Batman was the Joker', and he realises this idea brilliantly in the book.

"The character Nemesis is as charismatic as he is horrific- although I'd say he lacks the warmth and like-ability of Kick-Ass - of course it could be argued we're not supposed to like him."

Mr Clements added: "It will take an actor of some ability to make the character accessible to a cinema audience, although they are already part way there having a director of the stature of Tony Scott attached."

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