Netflix has surprisingly bought a comic company!
Millarworld, the comic universe created by Mark Millar, has become the first acquisition Netflix has made. Mark Millar has created such stories and characters as, Kick-Ass and Kingsman. This brings a lot of content to Netflix which could be adapted to series and movies.
While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Netflix said it will develop films, TV shows and kids’ series based on Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows.
The acquisition is a bold move that shows Netflix is serious about owning their own franchise. Will this open up the possibility for more acquisitions in the future? Time will tell.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in announcing the deal, said: “As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern-day Stan Lee.”
Added Millar: “This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” after Warner Bros. bought DC Comics in 1968 and Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
“I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans,” Millar said. “Netflix is the future, and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”
In a blog post on his company’s website, Mark Millar said he will be flying to Los Angeles to “strategise the next steps” with Netflix — while he takes a hiatus from producing new comics. “‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ and ‘Reborn’ both concluded in the last few weeks and I’m going undercover between now and spring as I stockpile all the new projects we’re putting together, but you’ll hear about them very soon,” he wrote.
MARK MILLAR is the New York Times best-selling author of Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, all of which have been adapted into Holywood blockbusters. In his years at Marvel, he wrote Old Man Logan, the inspiration for this year’s Logan movie and Civil War, Marvel’s biggest selling graphic novel of all time and the inspiration for Captain America| Civil War. His 2002 comic-book The Ultimates was Time Magazine‘s comic book of the decade and described by Avengers screenwriter Zak Penn as the blueprint for the Marvel cinematic universe.
Under the Millarworld company, as well as the above, he joined forces with some of the biggest artists in the world to create books like Jupiter’s Legacy, MPH, Chrononauts, Reborn, Huck, Starlight, Superior, Nemesis, War Heroes, Supercrooks and American Jesus. At DC Comics he created the seminal Superman: Red Son, the biggest-selling Superman graphic novel in history. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Caledonia University and in 2013 an MBE a from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to film and literature. Mark has been an Executive Producer on all the Millarworld movie adaptations and a consultant for Fox on their Marvel slate of movies.