Netflix goes comic-crazy with Millarworld purchase.

Netflix is going to purchase Millarworld, the indie comic book firm founded by Mark Millar, the creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan.

Together, Netflix and Millar will look to bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available to Netflix members. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.

Millar runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy Millar. In his eight years at Marvel, he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan (Wolverine), which collectively grossed over $3 billion in worldwide box office. Since Millarworld was started, the company and its co-creators have given birth to eighteen published character worlds, of which three, Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, have yielded theatrical films that together have grossed nearly $1 billion in global box office.

The acquisition, the first ever by Netflix, is, it told SFcrowsnest, “A natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds.”

Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

“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,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told SFcrowsnest. “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” added Millar. “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.”

Kick-Ass 2... Carrey is mean and green.
Kick-Ass 2… Carrey is mean and green.

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