Netflix greenlights TV series and films based on Mark Millar's works

Netflix has greenlit two series and three films from acclaimed comic book writer Mark Millar for its streaming platform.


                            Netflix greenlights TV series and films based on Mark Millar's works

Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar has had quite a few of his works turned into major feature films — 'Wanted,' 'Kick-Ass,' and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' to name a few — but will now see some translated on to the small screen as well. Having acquired the writer's company, Millarworld, streaming giant Netflix announced its first slate of series, as well as a few films, based on some of his most popular stories.

Amongst the series to be produced are 'Jupiter's Legacy,' a multi-generational American superhero epic that follows the world's first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. But present day, they are now the elder guard and have passed on their responsibilities to their superpowered children who struggle to live up to their parents' legendary feats. 



 

The first episode of the series is set to be directed by Steven S. DeKnight, best known for his work in shows such as 'Daredevil,' 'Spartacus,' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' and who recently signed to on an overall deal with the network. DeKnight will also be serving as showrunner, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott joining him as executive producers. 

'American Jesus' is the other series greenlit by Netflix and will be multilingual (Spanish/English). The plotline revolves around a 12-year-old boy as he suddenly realizes he's Jesus Christ incarnate — and can heal the crippled, raise the dead, and turn water into wine. He has to come to terms with leading a damaged world in the throes of a conflict thousands of years in the making.

The show will be directed by Everardo Gout, who in the past has also directed episodes for Marvel's 'Luke Cage,' 'Sacred Lies,' and 'Banshee.' His brother Leopoldo Gout will serve as co-showrunner and executive producer alongside his brother.

Besides the two series, he has worked with Netflix to develop 'The Magic Order,' which was published as the network's first comic book and was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years. Furthermore, Millar will also see three of his comics — 'Empress,' 'Huck,' and 'Sharkey the Bounty Hunter' — turned into films for the platform.



'Empress' will be adapted by writer Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle, Wizards of Once) and will see Queen Emporia attempt to escape the clutches of King Morax, the worst dictator in the galaxy, and his army, with her children in tow. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) will produce.

Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) will be adapting 'Huck,' with the comic following the story of Huck, an unassuming man who uses his gifts to complete a good deed each day. In return for his kindness, his neighbors keep his powers a secret, but everything changes when a newcomer alerts the media to his special abilities. Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe will produce the project.

Set in a sci-fi universe, 'Sharkey the Bounty Hunter' will find Sharkey, a blue-collar bounty-hunter, tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. He will be aided in his quest for the biggest bounty of his career by his 10-year-old partner. It is set to be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year, with writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) penning the screenplay for the feature film.

Speaking about the upcoming projects, 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. This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in. I can’t wait to switch on my computer every morning," he added.