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In the world of TV series, one of the biggest names in the business nowadays is Netflix.
With some 104 million worldwide subscribers, the Internet-streaming service rakes in something between $7 and $10 billion a year, and has accumulated a debt of some $20 billion in 2017 alone – due to obligations to produce more original content – so that should tell you how invested they are.
With their 50+ original shows earning over 90 Emmy Awards nominations this year, Netflix has come a long way since their days as being a DVD delivery service company.
And, in the world of comic books, there are few contemporary names as well known and acclaimed as Mark Millar.
He’s penned his craft on the pages of Marvel’s The Avengers, DC’s Superman: Red Son, Icon Comics’ Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Top Cow Production’s Wanted with much more besides – the latter 3 being adapted into movies over the past decade.
His list of independent comics, such as the aforementioned latter 3, all fall under the banner of Millerworld, and, as announced via Netflix’s Twitter account, the two are now collaborating to bring Millarworld properties to the world through the medium of TV series and original movies.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer said in a statement;
“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history…Mark [Millar] 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.”
On the subject, Millar himself said the following;
“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level.”
The other two companies, of course, are Marvel who was bought by Disney, and DC which has been owned by Warner Bros. since the 1960s.
Millar continued saying,
“I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans.
Netflix is the future and Millerworld couldn’t have a better home.”
Millar wrote a lengthy announcement on his website, thanking the people who’ve worked so hard to help make Millarworld everything it is today and detailed the events of the meeting that officially cemented Millarworld and Netflix together.
This is clearly great news for fans of Millar’s work, especially if you enjoyed the 2009 movie adaptation of Wanted, which starred Angelina Jolie, as well as Kick-Ass 1 and 2, which starred the one-time Quicksilver, Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, and 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service which starred Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson in one of his best roles in years.
Although, for anyone looking forward to new content from either Kingsman or Kick-Ass on Netflix will be slightly disappointed as Millar confirmed that both have separate Hollywood deals and are not a part of the Netflix acquisition, however, in Millar’s own words;
“Those two fine men are toasting us in spirit from London and California respectively.”
When we know what the 1st Netflix produced Millarworld title is, we’ll be sure to let you all know about it, right here, on What the Nerd Heard.