Early Monday morning, Netflix sent out the press release as Mark Millar confirmed with a post on millarworld.com’s forums: Millarworld has officially been sold to Netflix.
Launched in 2004, Millarworld is co-owned by Mark and Lucy Millar, a comic artist herself, and is their creator-owned line of comic books, as well as other content licensed from their work. Through this company, Mark has made such books as Wanted, Kick-ass, and Kingsman, all of which have since gone on to become hit movies. Millar has optioned many of his other comic properties for Hollywood projects as well; so many in fact, that he has been accused in the past of using the comics merely as pitches for the movies he’d rather be making.
Meanwhile, this is the first acquisition at all from Netflix, and their choice certainly makes an interesting first impression. The streaming powerhouse made a name for themselves by diversifying the content they produce, and have already dipped their toes into the superhero realm with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Millarworld, however, is the first proactive step they’ve taken. Rather than settle for the occasional handout, they seem to want the whole pie, all the properties, and potential future work to boot.
Which certainly makes sense. Millar has proven to be a bankable asset. Not only has he had past success with his own comics, Milar’s work on books such as Old Man Logan and The Ultimates heavily influenced many films beyond the Millarworld brand. Plus, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle set to come out in September, it’s not a surprise that Netflix has eyed Millar as an asset.
What exactly this means for either company is yet to be seen. Millar’s blog post name-dropped Jupiter’s Legacy and Reborn, and there have been talks about a Nemesis project since the comic came out. He also mentioned, however, that he’ll be “going undercover between now and Spring as I stockpile all the new projects we’re putting together”. Combine that with Netflix’s upcoming revenue boost from their subscription price bump, we will certainly be paying attention to what will come out of this new deal.
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