On August 8th, news broke that Netflix had acquired comic book publisher Millarworld, the powerhouse behind Kingsman, Kick-Ass and other projects spearheaded by writer Mark Millar. The terms of the deal have remained under wraps until recently when Millar opened up in a brand new interview with Comicbook.com.
In the interview he spoke about how Netflix was buzzing the first they met and why it made sense to go with the streaming giant versus a typical studio:
“A big movie studio makes around 30 or 40 hours of original material every year. Netflix has over 1,000 hours of original content this year alone and growing. Had we sold Millarworld to a typical studio we’d have seen some of these franchises trickle out over the course of the next decade. When I walked into my first Netflix meeting the guys were buzzing about the first four or five they want to get moving on as soon as possible.”
With Netflix planing to put out 80 original movies & pieces of content in 2018 it is only logical that Millarworld will be a big part of that. Millar discusses how they are creating content exclusively for Netflix and how Netflix’s massive international machine will be used to promote it.
“In publishing terms, we’re being smart and staying at my exact current output, which is around 20 monthly comics a year or four graphic novel collections. This means we can really focus on promoting each book and use Netflix’s massive international machine. Their presence is just ridiculous…Now that Millarworld is owned by Netflix it’s a pretty different set-up than before. I’m creating stories directly for Netflix, to be used as movies or TV shows, but some of them are going to be comic-books too following the same stories and design bibles. I’m not going to own them.”
Since the deal was announced most fans have been wondering what would be the fist Millarworld properties to be adapted to film or television. Two of Millar’s better known properties are housed at other studios, Kingsman (20th Century Fox) and Kickass (Lionsgate). When asked about what Millarworld properties can we expect to see as Netflix originals, Mark Millar stated,
“Honestly, right now there’s just nothing off the table. That’s what so exciting about these guys. There’s no limit and all the various departments are poring through our back-catalogue. It’s really just a matter of what excites us as we sit around the table and the best possible screen-writers and directors available to us.”
Read the Full Interview at Comicbooks.com