Kick-Ass Creator Mark Millar's First Slate Of Netflix Shows And Movies Revealed
Millarworld at Netflix.
Mark Millar is one of the most acclaimed comic book writers of the past two decades, so there was much excitement amongst fans when Netflix bought his connected comic universe Millarworld last year. Now the streaming giant has announced its first slate of films and shows based on the work of the Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator.
The initial batch of Millarworld titles includes two new series, Jupiter's Legacy and American Jesus, and three movies. Jupiter’s Legacy is based on the ongoing comic series that started in 2013 and is described as a "multi-generational American superhero epic." This show focuses on elderly superheroes who first gained their powers in the 1930s, and their children. It will be overseen by Steven DeKnight, who was showrunner on Netflix's Daredevil and also directed this year's Pacific Rim: Uprising. American Jesus, based on the 2009 comic, focuses on a 12-year-old boy who discovers that he has been reincarnated as Jesus.
In terms of the movies, the three that have been announced so far are Empress, Huck, and Sharkey the Bounty Hunter. Empress is based on Miller's acclaimed 2016 sci-fi epic, while Huck follows a small-town kid with amazing powers, who uses his abilities for good deeds on the understanding that his neighbors keep them quiet.
Sharkey the Bounty Hunter, meanwhile, is a brand new project that will be published as a comic next year ahead of the movie. According to Netflix it follows the adventures of "a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck."
In an statement, Millar spoke about his experiences working for Netflix. "My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it's everything we hoped for to the power of ten," he said. "To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale.
"These are writers and directors I've privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen months so to be working with them all is just enormously exciting. This really is the greatest creative environment I've ever worked in. I can't wait to switch on my computer every morning."
In November it was announced that Millar's first comic published under the new deal by Netflix was The Magic Order, which was described as "magic meets the mob." The first issue of this six-part series hit shelves last month. You can watch a teaser for the series here.
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