Dark Horse & Netflix Sign First Look Deal

by Erik Amaya

 

It seems The Umbrella Academy was a better success on Netflix than first thought.

Variety reports the streaming service has signed a first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment, the company whose publishing arm first released the Gerard Way/Gabriel Bá comic book series. The terms of the deal means Netflix has the first crack at any of Dark Horse’s comic book properties for use in film and television. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake will produce any projects resulting from the deal.

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” said Richardson in a statement. “We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

That library includes older works like Concrete, the Comics’ Greatest World line, and more ongoing concerns like Grendel and Hellboy; though it is unclear if the latter is included as part of the deal. After the performance of the recent Hellboy feature film, the brand might want the Netflix treatment.

Spurring on the new partnership is the success of Umbrella Academy, which Netflix highlight as a viewership darling during a recent earnings call. Of course, Netflix never releases specific viewing figures, but it seems the show was one of the platforms best 2019 debuts.

Meanwhile, Netflix also owns Mark Millar’s Millarworld comic book company, with a Jupiter’s Legacy television series already on the way.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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