Netflix has announced that they have acquired comic book publisher Millarworld, the company founded by “Kingsman,” “Wanted” and “Kick Ass” creator Mark Millar.
With the acquisition, the first ever for the streaming giant, Netflix and Millar plan to adapt the company’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises into films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally.
Potential titles include a bunch of Millar’s most notable original work including “Jupiter’s Legacy/Circle,” “Empress,” “Chrononauts,” “Starlight,” “Superior,” “Nemesis” – so long as there’s no complications of rights with other studios.
Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.
In a statement, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos says: “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. We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
Millar, whose time at Marvel led to the storylines that inspired the films “Captain America: Civil War” and “Logan,” adds: “This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level. 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.”