Rob Liefeld is taking his Extreme Universe of comic book characters to Netflix. The comic creator signed a seven-figure deal with the streaming network to adapt the properties into feature films, with Akiva Goldsman tapped to overlook the writer's room.
“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters,” Netflix feature film chief Scott Stuber told Deadline. “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.”
“Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children," Liefeld said. "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 industray 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.”
In January it was announced that the Extreme Universe will be developed for the big screen by Graham King and Fundamental Films, along with Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman, Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver and Liefeld himself. Goldman previously optioned the rights to Avengelyne, another Liefeld creation, in 2016
The deal involves a number of Liefeld’s Image Comics creations, including Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Baboom and Nitro-Gen. Noticeably absent form the line-up are some of Liefeld’s better known comic creations,including Youngblood, Glory and Supreme; would appear that they are not included in the Extreme deal, which involves “9 comic book titles and nearly 100 characters.”
Netflix's deal with Liefeld is similar to the one struck for Millarworld, the comic book imprint founded by writer Mark Millar, with plans to develop the properties for film and television