Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced on Monday that Netflix has acquired comic book publisher Millarworld. Millarworld is the publisher behind Kingsman, Kick-Ass and other projects spearheaded by writer Mark Millar. The terms of the deal remain under wraps, but Netflix is expected to develop films, TV shows and kids’ series based on Millarworld series. Millarworld, in turn, will publish new stories under the Netflix label.
Netflix becomes the latest media company to purchase a comic book publisher following Warner Bros., which has owned DC Comics since 1968, and Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. Though Millarworld is a lesser known publisher, several of their film adaptations have been met with critical and commercial success including the Kick-Ass series and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Sarandos praised founder,Mark Millar calling him a “modern-day Stan Lee.”
Sarandos teased the type of content that Netflix would produce out of this acquisition:
“Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with. We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”
Netflix released a teaser video announcing the news:
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— Netflix US (@netflix) August 7, 2017