Netflix just announced this morning that it has acquired Mark Millar’s Millarworld, the comic book mastermind behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman – to name a few. The the legendary creator’s publishing house and its contents will be be available exclusively to Netflix members.
Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new content, stories and character franchises under the Netflix label. I wonder with a possibly large injection of capital and staff? Apparently superhero stories are working out well at Netflix as they have picked up the pace for their current offerings.
Having spent eight years at Marvel, Mark Millar also has created characters like Old Man Logan for the Disney owned publisher. I have to believe the old aged Wolverine story must be on the short list of “awesome new series we could make for 2019.”
An acquisition of this type is the first ever by Netflix. Actually it’s their first of any kind. According to the press release it’s “a natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds.”
Millar had this to say, “This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” said Millar. “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.”
According to a clarifying statement posted on the Millarworld forums, this Netflix deal does not include the Kick Ass or Kingsman IPs. “Kingsman and Kick-Ass have unique Hollywood deals elsewhere and aren’t a part of this particular acquisition, but those two fine men are toasting us in spirit from London and California respectively.”