Millarworld is coming to Netflix: 5 original adaptations including 'Jupiter's Legacy' and 'American Jesus' at work
Around a year back, the market-leading streamer had purchased the rights to comic maestro Mark Millar's imprint and now original content based on Millarworld is under development.
Netflix is going big with its comic book adaptations. Around a year back the market-leading streamer had purchased the rights to comic maestro Mark Millar's imprint and now latest updates suggest that original content based on Millarworld is already under active development. In fact, Netflix and the comics publisher are together reported to be working on at least five projects — including TV series and films — based on Millar's creations.
If everything goes as planned comic book fans will soon be treated to the two new comic book shows, 'Jupiter's Legacy' and 'American Jesus' from the Millarworld. Following the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s, 'Jupiter's Legacy', executive produced by Steven S DeKnight, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Dan McDermott and directed by DeKnight, is described as a "multi-generational American superhero epic". In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.
On the other hand, 'American Jesus', a multilingual series about a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he's returned as Jesus Christ, will Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout serving as co-showrunners and executive producers with Everardo Gout also taking the director's chair.
Asides the TV shows, Netflix is also adapting three comic series into full-length feature films. The first of the lot is Lindsey Beer's adaptation of 'Empress', an account of Queen Emporia and her struggles. Married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax, Emporia and her family manage to escape but in order to survive, they must hide from Morax and his army, even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet.
Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum are set to produce the movie.
Ted Melfi's (of fame Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) take on 'Huck' is the next adaptation to watch out for. It's all about a small town drama, which erupts when the media is alerted about a certain Huck who is blessed with certain gifts. And the final one on the list is the sci-fi series, 'Sharkey The Bounty Hunter'. Packing on some inter-galactic adventure, the film follows the titular character, who is tracking criminals across in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck.
While the titles are sure to send fans into a frenzy, the Millarworld creator himself is quite excited about the upcoming slate of films and TV series.
Teasing what's in store at Netflix Millar said, "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. 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."