Netflix announced this morning that it has made the company’s first ever acquisition. They have purchased Millarworld, which is awesome news for comic book fans, or even casual comic book movie fans like myself.
If the name Millarworld doesn’t ring a bell, they’re the company behind the film adaptations of Kick-Ass (and the sequel) as well as Kingsman: The Secret Service (and the forthcoming sequel. Those are two of the most unexpectedly badass comic book films of the past decade, and now Netflix owns the company that brought those films to life.
What exactly does this mean for you and me? For starters, it means some mother F’ing badass TV and movie content is on the way. According to Markets Insider, Netflix purchased Millarworld with plans to adapt Millarworld’s characters into Netflix originals:
The company announced that it will be using the popular comic book characters and storylines of Millarworld to develop Netflix Original movies and TV shows. Netflix also said Millar will continue to develop new characters for Netflix after the deal.
“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,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said in a news release. (via)
As a company, Millarworld (owned by Lucy and Mark Millar) has already grossed over $1 billion. They know how to make awesome movies, and Netflix is in the business of aligning with badass projects. So this makes perfect sense at Netflix’s first ever acquisition of another company. I really can’t see any conceivable way this ends poorly for any of the parties involved, can you? (h/t Markets Insider)