Netflix Just Acquired Mark Millars Comics Publisher

first_img It appears that Netflix will expand its already impressive roster of comics-based TV shows and movies even further. The company announced this morning that it has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by comics creator Mark Millar. For anyone who doesn’t immediately recognize Millar’s name, he’s the guy behind the original comic versions of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsmen, and Old Man Logan. Now, Netflix intends to bring all his Millarworld properties to its streaming service in the form of original movies, series, and kids’ shows. “For kids” isn’t typically the first phrase that comes to mind when I think of Millar’s work, but hey. Maybe he’ll create some kid-friendly stuff.In addition to producing shows based on existing Millarworld titles, the company will continue to create new comics under its new Netflix label. This is the first time Netflix has ever acquired another company, according to a press release. The move, Netflix says, further’s the services goal to acquire new intellectual property while working directly with its creators. This could even be Netflix’s answer to the whole Cinematic Universe craze. Millarworld comics are all interconnected, and it’s likely that any films or series to come out of this deal would be as well. Are you ready for yet another Cinematic Universe? At least these would all be in the same place.Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called Millar “creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history,” going so far as to call him “as close as you can get to a modern day, Stan Lee.” (…OK.) “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling,” Sarandos said.Millar also expressed excitement about the acquisition, viewing Netflix as the perfect place for Millarworld’s characters. “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home,” he said.Though I’m not a huge fan of all of Millar’s work, it’s always exciting to see comics publishers other than Marvel and DC get this kind of attention. No matter what, it’ll be incredibly interesting to see what kinds of films, TV series and… kids’ shows come out of this. With Netflix working directly with Millar, will we see the darker, more twisted stuff that doesn’t make it into the movie adaptations of his comics? His work is violent, often disturbing and uncomfortable, and can border on nihilistic and misanthropic. The movies made from his comics (particularly Wanted and Kick-Ass) are heavily toned down from their source material, and they still get R-ratings. But hey, if this means we get a version of Wanted that doesn’t have curving bullets or a magic loom, that’ll be a plus.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img

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