Netflix Announces A Collection of New Projects Based on Renowned Comic Book Writer, Mark Millar

| Jul 17, 2018
Netflix Announces A Collection of New Projects Based on Renowned Comic Book Writer, Mark Millar

Last year, Netflix acquired the rights to comic book writer Mark Millar’s publishing company, Millarworld, best known for works such as Kingsman, Wanted and Kick-Ass. Today, Netflix announced several new projects based on his work, encompassing both TV shows and movies based on his eclectic portfolio.

The extent of the new work from the partnership began back in February, when Netflix announced their very first venture into the world of comic book publishing, with the title The Magic Order, written by Millar and brought to life by Oliver Coipel, best known for his work with Marvel and properties such as Wolverine and Thor.

Today, Netflix let loose the full extent of Millar’s work that the company wishes to produce. Synopsis of the shows and movies announced can be read below:

TV Projects:

Jupiter’s Legacy

A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode

American Jesus

Multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making? Everardo Gout (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sacred Lies, Mars, Banshee, Aqui En La Tierra) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game, Instinct) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct.

Movie Projects:

Empress

Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs — even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them. Writer Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle and the upcoming Sierra Burgess is a Loser for Netflix and Wizards of Once for DreamWorks Animation) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) set to produce.

Huck

In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything. Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce.

Sharkey The Bounty Hunter

Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year and writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) is writing the screenplay for the feature film.

Millar has also extensively worked with Marvel, garnering praise for his work on The Ultimates, Civil War and the Wolverine: Old Man Logan series of comic books. The numerous Netflix projects, comes after the already established success of his work in cinema, with the movie adaptions of Kick-Ass and Kingsman.

In a press release, Millar commented on the Netflix announcement, stating,

“To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting,” Millar said in a press release. “But to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale.”

Netflix promises that more of Millar’s work is in the cards for adaption, with future projects still to be announced at a later date.


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