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Netflix's First Takeover: a Comics Firm (bbc.com) 37

Netflix announced today that it is acquiring Mark Millar, a well-known name in the world of comics. As part of the deal, the on-demand streaming company said, it will be creating original movies and TV shows from the content. It's Netflix's first acquisition. From a report: Millarworld, founded by Mark Millar from Coatbridge, includes his portfolio of characters and stories such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan. Mr Millar said he was still "blinking" over the news. He said it was only the third time a comic book purchase on this scale had ever happened, with Warner Bros buying DC Comics in 1968, and Disney buying Marvel in 2009. Mr Millar, who lives in Glasgow, started Millarworld as a creator-owned comic-book company nearly 15 years ago. He runs the company with his wife Lucy Millar. It is the first ever company acquisition in Netflix's history. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Mr Millar said: "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."
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Netflix's First Takeover: a Comics Firm

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  • by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @12:35PM (#54956991) Homepage
    old man logan is probably the best comic out there right now. looking forward to see what happens with this
    • And congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Millar. It sounds like a good news story all around!

    • by Robyrt ( 1305217 )
      Millarworld does not own the rights to Old Man Logan, and Mark Millar is not involved with the current Old Man Logan comics. Millar wrote the original miniseries for Marvel, but only his original properties now belong to Netflix.
  • Old Man Logan? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @12:37PM (#54957005)

    Millarworld, founded by Mark Millar from Coatbridge, includes his portfolio of characters and stories such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan.

    While Millar certainly wrote the Old Man Logan storyline, I don't see how Millarworld could own the rights to it, given that he did the work for Marvel and used their characters extensively in the story. Seems like the BBC is reporting things incorrectly, but am I missing something?

  • Creative freedom? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @12:39PM (#54957021)

    Sometimes a purchase will help expand the brands, such as Marvel + Disney. Sometimes it will hurt the brand Marvel + Sony/Fox.

    I tried a lot of the Netflix original series, for myself personally, they just seem to push the dark parts of the stories a bit too much. But that is me, who after a tough day, I usually want to watch something more fun then deep.

    • The Marvel Netflix originals certainly are dark, but there are other shows that are much more varied in tone. There's a Voltron series that has some fun callbacks to the original while being a very nice recreation. There's the sitcom-ish (but in the best possible way) Kimmy Schmidt. My boys even love the Croods animated series and The Worst Witch - both of which are much lighter in tone. (The latter is sort of like a female Harry Potter without the death that Voldemort brings. There's still conflict, but in

      • While I have seen some of those, they are still mostly targeted as a Kids show. While adults can defiantly enjoy them, as today cartoons, are being written for a more general audience.

        However there should be some engaging shows targeted towards a more of an adult audience, that can still make us laugh, and just have a good time.

    • The great thing about Netflix owning new comic IP is that Netflix has traditionally offered a ton of creative control to producers, and the content has been better for it.

      Furthermore they are not limited in scope. Perhaps one thing is better as a movie, but another is better as miniseries or just a four part show (like they do with some BBC police dramas).

      I think the comic realm seems over-done mostly because we are seeing the SAME SUBJECTS all the time. The Marvel stuff is getting kind of old, the XMen s

  • THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS!!
  • . . . . I could enjoy a "Kingsman" universe series on Netflix, or even a mini-series, like the Starz network did for "Torchwood" out of the Whoniverse. . .

  • by Topwiz ( 1470979 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @12:50PM (#54957119)

    Summary says "Netflix announced today that it is acquiring Mark Millar, a well-known name in the world of comics."

    Should say "Netflix announced today that it is acquiring Millarworld, a well-known name in the world of comics."

    • "Millarworld" is a proper noun, not a name.

      • by Topwiz ( 1470979 )

        Mark Millar is the person's name, the name of his company is Millarworld. The summary says they bought Mark Millar (the person) while the article correctly states that they bought the company: "Netflix buys Scots comic book firm Millarworld". Submitter msmash made a mistake creating the summary.

    • by freeze128 ( 544774 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @01:14PM (#54957269)
      I was more confused by this line:

      Mr Millar said he was still "blinking" over the news.

      If Millarworld was founded by Mark Millar, and he currently runs it with his wife, then he really should have known that Netflix was bidding to buy it, and this should really not come as a surprise to him... unless "blinking" means that he got some cocaine in his eye during the acquisition party with all the hookers.
      • I was more confused by this line: Mr Millar said he was still "blinking" over the news. If Millarworld was founded by Mark Millar, and he currently runs it with his wife, then he really should have known that Netflix was bidding to buy it, and this should really not come as a surprise to him... unless "blinking" means that he got some cocaine in his eye during the acquisition party with all the hookers.

        Considering that Millar has extreme success with turning his comics into movies, I suspect this is a case of being surprised all of his work and effort to get tied into the film industry (where all the money is) has finally come to pass in such a good deal.

  • OH DEAR GOD NO WHYYYYYY? We have enough god damn movies based on comic books, in fact it seems that pretty much all recent big budget action flicks are based on comics. And they suck, one or two notable exceptions aside. What the hell, is the writer guild strike still on or something?
    • Well, you don't have to watch them.

    • I can only presume you mean 'superhero comics', since basing a movie off a comic really doesn't limit the subject matter at all. Its like saying 'enough damn movies with stories'.

      Not that I can blame you since the big comic companies have been milking that decaying body since before time began, but in the larger world comics are just a medium for any kind of story.

    • Writer's strike? What are you talking about? This is prime movie stuff! It's as good as it gets!

      Yeah, that depresses me too. :(

  • That Disney might buy Sony's movie studio to get back the rights for Spider-Man.
    • No doubt so they can reboot Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends! [youtube.com]

    • by fallen1 ( 230220 )

      Fuck Sony and Spider-man. Disney needs to acquire Fox and get back all of the X-men so that they can do some movies correctly AND use the word mutants to properly describe those who carry the natural X/mutant gene. I mean, what the hell? Let's make all super-powered people Inhumans on Marvel-run TV shows because we can't say "mutant" due to Fox??

      Inhumans are not mutants in the X-way, but by way of advanced technology and experimentation by the Kree.

      Give us Professor X, 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Phoenix, Wolveri

  • by future assassin ( 639396 ) on Monday August 07, 2017 @01:55PM (#54957563) Homepage

    I got Netflix (Canada) and do like some of their original stuff but atm I've hit a wall (my wife says the same thing). I've watched everything I wanted to watch and now I see no more benefit to Netflix vs my DVD collection (Aprox 700-800) Also with the long waits between new seasons and the ability to binge watch I've lost interest in following many shows. What's the point of 8-13 episodes and then having to wait for 12+ months for another season, that does nothing to keep me excited for when the season starts again as its been so long vs normal 24-26 episode seasons and then 6 months wait for the new season.

    • The issue I've run into (Canadian as well) is the new rating system. Netflix has always had a large catalogue of stuff I've never heard of but the old rating system let me quickly weed though it and find the good stuff. The new rating system seems to match almost all Netflix original content in the high nineties even the stuff no one including myself likes. The other stuff seems to have a bit of a random number assigned to it which doesn't correlate well to how I'll end up rating it. I find that I now have
      • My situation is even worse, I'm in WD TV live (too lazy atm to build an HTPC or get a better media player) and the star ratings are all hooped so like you I have to search out the ratings on websites.

  • I can't wait to see what kind of shows Netflix makes after acquiring Shadman, Kamitora, Dr Graevling and Modeseven.

  • It's Netflix's first acquisition.

    I guess you're using a very narrow definition of "acquisition." They've been acquiring IP, including the rights to produce new content based on existing IP, for like a decade by now.

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