Well, we finally know what’s been going on in Millarworld since it relocated to Netflix, as the streaming service announced Tuesday its first slate of films and series based on the stories of “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” comic book creator Mark Millar.
The lineup includes two TV shows: “Jupiter’s Legacy” (to be showrun by Steven S. DeKnight) and “American Jesus,” about a 12-year-old boy who discovers he’s reincarnated as Jesus Christ. “He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead,” reads the network’s description of the show, based on a 2009 comic book series.
Millar’s Netflix slate also includes three feature films — “Empress,” “Huck” and “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter.”
And, as you’d expect from the mastermind behind some of the most creative comic titles out there, the projects center around unusual characters like multi-generational superheroes, galactic royalty and space bounty hunters.
Netflix acquired Millar’s company last year and has been developing projects with Mark and his wife Lucy Millar ever since, including “The Magic Order,” which has been published as Netflix’s first comic book and was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.
“My wife Lucy and I are 11 months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten,” Mark Millar said. “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,” Millar added. “This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in. I can’t wait to switch on my computer every morning.”
Here are the official loglines for the TV series, per Netflix:
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 under Di Bonaventura Pictures. DeKnight will also direct the first episode.
DeKnight is repped by CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman. Di Bonaventura Pictures is repped by CAA and attorney Eric Brooks.
Multilingual (Spanish/English) series “American Jesus” follows a 12-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”) and Leopoldo Gout (“Molly’s Game,” “Instinct”) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct.
Leopoldo Gout and Everardo Gout are repped by CAA.
And here are the synopses for the three films:
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.
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.
Bacall is repped by CAA and attorney Fred Toczek.
See an announcement video posted by Millar below.