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Netflix acquires comic book publisher Millarworld to develop new content

UPI News Service, 08/07/2017 

Netflix has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing imprint from famed comic book writer Mark Millar in the company's first acquisition.

"Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld's portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids' shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label," the streaming service said of the deal in a statement.

Millar has penned a number of popular comic book series' including "Wanted," "Kick-Ass," "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Nemesis," "Superior" and many more including his work with Marvel on projects such as "Old Man Logan," "Civil War" and "The Ultimates."

Already a number of Millar properties including "Wanted," "Kick-Ass," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service," have been turned into films with the latest, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," due in theaters on Sept. 22.

"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," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

"We can't wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling."

"This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level," added Millar.

"I'm so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn't have a better home."

Netflix released a video on Twitter announcing the deal and showcasing a number of Millar written comic books with the caption, "Dreams were how we got started."

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