Netflix has acquired Millarworld, the comic book imprint founded by writer Mark Millar, with plans to develop the properties for film and television. Millarworld will continue to publish new stories under the Netflix banner.
“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
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— Netflix US (@netflix) August 7, 2017
“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” Millar said. “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”
Millar wrote on his website to express appreciation for the artistic collaborators over the years who helped to create Millarworld characters: “I’d like to thank Frank Quitely, Stuart Immonen, Goran Parlov, Leinil Francis Yu, Rafael Albuquerque, Steve McNiven, Greg Capullo, Sean Murphy, JG Jones, Duncan Fegredo, Tony Harris, Dave Gibbons and John Romita Jr for their belief in my crazy plan and their friendship during even the tightest of deadlines.”
The writer also noted that Kingsman and Kick-Ass have separate Hollywood deals and are not a part of the Netflix acquisition, “but those two fine men are toasting us in spirit from London and California respectively.”
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