After purchasing Millarworld in August of last year, news about upcoming projects has been quite mum. We got a brand new comic book series in The Magic Order, but there wasn’t any movement on the TV and Movie front. Well, that changed in a big way today! Netflix announced they are working on adapting five of Mark Millar’s comic book properties.
They include a Jupiter’s Legacy television series that will be run by Stveen DeKnight. DeKnight was the producer for Starz’s Spartacus. He was also the executive producer on Daredevil Season 1 and was the director of Pacific Rim Uprising. DeKnight will be joined by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Along with Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix will also launch American Jesus, which will be a multi-lingual series that follows a 12-year old boy who discovers he’s Jesus Christ. Everado Gout and Leopoldo Gout are currently attached to the project.
There will also be three films, Empress, Huck, and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter.
Ted Melfi and Neal H. Mortiz will be working on Huck. And Lindsey Beer will be taking on Empress with Michael Bacall working on Sharkey the Bounty Hunter.
Mark Millar’s fist slate of projects for Netflix include:
✅ A #JupitersLegacy series that @stevendeknight will run
✅ A multilingual series of #AmericanJesus
✅ An #Empress film written by Lindsey Beer
✅ A #Huck film being adapted by Ted Melfi & more pic.twitter.com/s5hwfvYvqc
— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) July 17, 2018
Along with Sharkey the Bounty Hunter being adapted for film, it’s also expected to get a comic book adaptation sometime in 2019.
Millar is extremely excited about the opportunities and had high praise for the creative teams behind them:
“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.”
Deadline reports that Jupiter’s Legacy had been in the works with di Bonaventure since 2016 before Millar sold Millarworld to Netflix. Empress has also been in the works since 2016 with Roth and Jeff Kirchenbaum working on it.
Here’s the full descriptions of three series and two films:
A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode.
Multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making? Everardo Gout (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sacred Lies, Mars, Banshee, Aqui En La Tierra) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game, Instinct) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct.
Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs — even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them. Writer Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle and the upcoming Sierra Burgess is a Loser for Netflix and Wizards of Once for DreamWorks Animation) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) set to produce.
In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything. Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce.
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter
Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year and writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) is writing the screenplay for the feature film.
Which one are you most excited for?