Netflix and Mark Millar have announced the first films and television series to arise from the streaming service's acquisition last year of the writer's Millarworld comics imprint. They are moving into development on series based on Jupiter's Legacy and American Jesus, as well as films based on Empress, Huck and the upcoming Sharkey the Bounty Hunter.
They follow the fantasy crime comic The Magic Order, by Millar and artist Olivier Coipel, the first comic book to be published under the Netflix banner.
“My wife Lucy and I are 11 months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of 10," Miller said in a statement. "To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale. These are writers and directors I’ve privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen months so to be working with them all is just enormously exciting. This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in. I can’t wait to switch on my computer every morning.”
Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Spartacus) will serve as executive producer and showrunner of Jupiter's Legacy, based on the comic by Millar and artist Frank Quitely. It's a multi-generational epic centering on the first generation of superheroes, who debuted in the 1930s, and their children, who in the present day struggle to live up to their parents' legend.
Inspired by the comic by Millar and artist Peter Gross, American Jesus will be developed as a multilingual series developed by Everado Gout (Luke Cage) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly's Game) about a 12-year-old boy who discovers he's the returned Jesus Christ.
Empress, from Millar and artist Stuart Immonen, is being developed as a film written by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess is a Loser). It centers on Queen Emporia, who flees with her children, and is forced to hide throughout the galaxy from her tyrannical husband, King Morax, and his searching armies.
Huck, by Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque, centers on an unassuming gas station clerk who uses his special gifts to perform a good deed each day. But when his actions draw unwanted media attention, pieces of Huck's past begin to resurface. Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) is developing the comic into a feature.
Based on a comic set to be published next year by Millarworld and Netflix, Sharkey the Bounty Hunter rounds out the films on the development slate. Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter who tracks criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck, aided by his 10-year-old partner. Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) will write the screenplay.