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Netflix Acquires Comic Company Millarworld

August 7, 2017

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Netflix has announced that they have acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing house founded by Mark Millar, the legendary creator of iconic characters and stories like Kick-Ass, Kingsman and many more.

Joining forces together, they will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under Netflix banner.

This acquisition marks the first from Netflix and is 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.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content said:

“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. We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

Millar said:

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

Sarandos added:

“Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with. We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror movies Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”

Millar runs the company with his wife Lucy Millar and is one of the most consistent hitmakers in graphic novel and comics world. Having spent eight years at Marvel, he developed the comic book and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers film, Captain America: Civil War and Logan (Wolverine). Since Millarworld started, the company and its co-creators have made eighteen published character worlds, of which three, Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman have been adapted to the big screen together.

 

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