Breaking: Netflix Buys Millarworld
by Olly MacNamee
As Mark Millar rightfully point out in his official statement over on the Millarworld forum, DC was bought by Warners Bros. in 1968 and then, some decades later, Marvel was bought out by Disney in 2009, and now, Millar wants the world to see Netflix acquisition of his Millarworld shared universe as something on that same level. But then, Millar is a bombastic self promoter; one part B T Barnum and one part storyteller for the modern age.
Regardless, this is still big news and allows Netflix the opportunity to mine this fertile universe for some great properties. Just not Kingman: Secret Service or Kick-ass, however. But, nonetheless this is a rather significant deal when you consider other titles sharing the Millarverse.
Here are some extract from Millar’s official statement:
The moment Lucy and I walked into Netflix’s headquarters in California last Christmas we knew this was where we wanted to be. It instantly felt like home and the team around that table felt like people who would help us take Millarworld’s characters and turn them into global powerhouses. Netflix is the future and we couldn’t be more thrilled to sell the business to them and buckle up for all the amazing movies and television shows we plan to do together. This feels like joining the Justice League and I can’t wait to start working with them.
So what’s next? Well, we’ve been in these talks for many months and a lot of planning has been going on. We’re flying to LA to strategise the next steps and you’ll be hearing about each fascinating turn when I’m allowed to share it. 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.
Comics have been my passion my entire life. I started working with them as a teenager and I’ve never been more excited about where we’re going next as Millarworld joins the Netflix team. These guys are going to take Millarworld to the next level and I feel like Richard Dreyfuss, wide-eyed and walking around the mothership at the end of Close Encounters when I see their global plans and it’s crazy-exciting to be a part of it. This is going to be brilliant. End of Part One. To Be Continued.
Intrigued? You should be. With Netflix behind original films, TV shows and animation too, there’s any number of ways they could bring the likes of Nemesis, Superior and Jupiter’s Legacy to the small screen.
So, what do you think?