Netflix nabs another comic book creator.
Following Mark Millar signing a big deal with Netflix, now Rob Liefeld follows suit with his own Extreme Universe.
Deadline reports Netflix has signed a seven-figure rights deal with the creator of Deadpool which will see the streaming network create a series of feature films with “connective tissue.” It’s reported Akiva Goldsman will set up and oversee a high-end writers’ room (similar to ones he set up for the Transformers spinoffs and movies), with Goldsman, Liefeld and Brooklyn Weaver acting as producers, and Weed Road’s Greg Lessans will be executive producer.
The Netflix deal coves Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe of six comic books featuring more than 50 characters including Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf and Kaboom.
“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters,” Netflix feature film chief Scott Stuber said. “Akiva’s creative voice has been behind some of the largest movie franchises, making him uniquely capable of helping bring these superheroes from the Extreme Universe to life for Netflix.”
Goldsman added: “Rob is a unique and innovative talent who knows how to combine hard-edged comic book action with real emotionality. Netflix has the ambition, reach, and dedication to bring his universe to life.”
Said Liefeld: “Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children. Their programming is the most dynamic and diverse I have seen. I am beyond thrilled and inspired to be bringing my Extreme catalogue to life with the creative wizards at Netflix. What Akiva Goldsman has achieved with his craft and storytelling across all mediums in our industray is of absolute benefit for my Extreme characters. He is an absolute comic book fanatic and working with him on adapting Extreme Universe has been electric. His stellar work on Star Trek Discovery has wowed the fandom and trust me when I say that the Teen Titans show he is producing is going to blow fans away. I cannot wait to show the world what we have in store.”