Netflix is About to Get Extreme Thanks to Rob Liefeld

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Netflix seems to be the place for comic book series to head to these days.

There are the ever-growing and hugely popular Marvel Netflix series, including Jessica Jones, Daredevil and The Punisher series; the streaming giants also recently added Gotham to their expansive lists, which brought the Batman-prequel series to the UK after Channel 5 infamously dropped the ball last year.

They even secured the rights to produce original content based on Mark Millar’s Millarworld universe, late last year.

And now, joining Millar will be Rob Liefeld, (in)famous for bringing Deadpool into the world, as the comic book creator will bring his Extreme Universe of characters to Netflix, according to Deadline.

Liefeld reportedly signed a seven-figure deal with Netflix to adapt various properties into original films, with Akiva Goldsman to overlook everything in the writer’s room.

Netflix‘s feature film chief Scott Stuber said;

“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distincitve characters. Akiva’s creative voice has been behind some of the largest movie franchises, making him uniquely capable of helping bring these superheroes from the Extreme Universe to life for Netflix.

Adding to this, Liefeld said;

Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children. Their programming is the most dynamic and diverse I have seen. I am beyond thrilled and inspired to be bringing my Extreme catalogue to life with the creative wizards at Netflix.

What Akiva Goldsman has achieved with his craft and storytelling across all mediums in our industry is of absolute benefit for my Extreme characters. He is an absolute comic book fanatic and working with him on adapting Extreme Universe has been electric.

His stellar work on Star Trek Discovery has wowed the fandom and trust me when I say that the Teen Titans show he is producing is going to blow fans away. I cannot wait to show the world what we have in store.”

It’s notable that this isn’t the first time Liefeld’s Extreme Universe has been in development, as, back in January, the franchise was announced to be in development by Graham King and Fundamental Films, alongside Akiva, Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver, and Liefeld himself. Akiva also previously optioned the rights to Avengelyne, another of Liefeld’s creations, back in 2016.

The Netflix deal includes a number of Liefeld’s creations with Image Comics, including; Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Baboom, and Nitro-Gen. However, some notable absences from the line-up include Youngblood, Glory, and Supreme, which would indicate they are not a part of the Extreme deal, which involves some nine comic book titles and nearly 100 characters.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see what Netflix will do with two comic book creator’s vast catalogues of impressive content at their disposal, and it will certainly be an exciting time for users.

-James, 10/03/2018

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