Netflix Announces It’s First Set Of Films & Shows Based On Mark Millar’s Work – Inc. ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘American Jesus’ & ‘Empress’
You might remember that last year Netflix acquired Mark Millar’s comic book company Millarworld. This resulted in the streaming giant publishing Netflix’s first comic book ‘The Magic Order’, which was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years. Now, Netflix is putting that acquisition to more traditional use for a broadcast medium, as it announces a whole raft of shows and movies based on his properties.
The new original tv series to be produced include:
A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.
Steven S. DeKnight (‘Marvel’s Daredevil’, ‘Spartacus’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode.
Multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making?
Everardo Gout (‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’, ‘Sacred Lies’, ‘Mars’, ‘Banshee’, ‘Aqui En La Tierra’) and Leopoldo Gout (‘Molly’s Game’, ‘Instinct’) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct.
The film projects include:
Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs — even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them.
Writer Lindsey Beer (‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ and the upcoming ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ for Netflix and ‘Wizards of Once’ for DreamWorks Animation) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’, ‘Maleficent’) set to produce.
In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbours return the favours by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything.
Ted Melfi (‘Hidden Figures’, ‘St. Vincent’) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce.
Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career.
‘Sharkey the Bounty Hunter’ will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year and writer Michael Bacall (‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’, ’21 Jump Street’) is writing the screenplay for the feature film.
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