Netflix buys Millarworld, Mark Millar’s publishing company

Netflix buys Millarworld, Mark Millar's publishing company

The shocking news of the day, what everybody is talking about, is that Netflix has announced today the purchase of Millarworld, the comic books publishing company created in 2004 by Mark Millar. That opens wide the doors for the online television platform to develop a long series of new feature films, TV series and all kinds of contents. This is a huge step forward from Netflix to become the main online distributor for entertainment, as well as one of the most important producing companies for movies and TV. We must also have in mind some of the most awaited feature films of the season are Netflix exclusive, like Bong Joon Ho’s Okja (2017) or Duncan JonesMute (2017), as well as TV series like David Fincher’s created Mindhunter (2017– ).

Mark Millar has already had some of his comic books and characters adapted to the big screen, like Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Wanted (2008) and probably the most notorious Kick-Ass (2010) and its sequel Kick-Ass 2 (2013). Some other books and characters from stories published by Millarworld, like Chosen, The Unfunnies, Old Man Logan and War Heroes, could be expected to be the next targets for adaptations.

This marks the first time Netflix buys another company. It also marks only the third time a primer comics publishing company is purchased by another firm after Warner Bros. purchased DC Comics and Disney did such thing with Marvel. The conditions of the deal haven’t made public so it is unclear if the trade includes the rights for Kingsman and Kick-Ass. Mark Millar will keep creating and publishing new stories, but this time under the Netflix brand.


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