At this point, Mark Millar is just the Comic Book to Movie/TV show adaptation world champion. When Netflix purchased his company Millarworld nearly a year ago, we knew we’d see some heat to follow. I don’t think anyone saw them churning out THREE TV shows and TWO feature length movies off the rip! This is the Age of Netflix and Chill, so it makes sense. They’ve fully adopted the model of ‘more content is always better’, and I think most can agree, it doesn’t get much better than multiple wild-ass Mark Millar projects being whipped up for out viewing pleasure. OK, enough fanboying. Let’s get into the comics book adaptations coming to a living room near you.
Jupiter’s Legacy – My most anticipated project coming to Netflix features superpowered heroes across multiple generations. The first generation gained their powers on a mysterious island right before the first stock market crash, and become the epitome of American adoration. Fast forward 8 decades, and we have the story of Jupiter’s Legacy. Those OG heroes gave birth to our current generation of proud crime-fighters and cerebral evil-doers.
This fast-paced show is going to reel in the millennials like nobody’s business with never-before-seen powers, technology and that unmitigated violence they love so much. Couple those aspects with a phenomenally written disappointing-child / overly-expectant parent dynamic and we have ourselves some awe-inspiring flames!! Frank Quietly drew the shit out of this comic book, which translates into some of the most epic, jaw-dropping cinematic views that stretch globally from LA to Australia, and the Moon to Dubai. Steven S. DeKnight (who worked on Daredevil and Buffy back in the day) will serve as showrunner, so this is obviously going to be amazing.
American Jesus – What if a 12-year-old boy found out he was the reincarnation of Jesus? You know — water to wine, heal the sick and all that omnipotent jazz. Well, I’m glad they got Everardo Gout on board as co-showrunner, because he did a great job showing the real grit and blackness of Harlem. Hopefully he provides some great insight into this multilingual effort. Spanish-speaking Christians across the globe are going to flock to this one.
Huck – Middle America and the comic book fans that make up the heart of this country will likely gravitate to Huck and its down-home approach to superheroes. Huck just want to live his best life, by helping out one person a day and not bringing any drama to his hood. His neighbors respect it and thank him by keeping his secret on the low. Of course that all goes up in smoke when some outsider puts him on blast and Huck has to deal with the lights, camera and bullshit. I haven’t read Huck, so I’m interested in seeing how this one ends.
Sharky 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 (AKA every fucking aspect of every Mark Millar creation ever). Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year with writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) is writing the screenplay for the feature film. This is going to be amazing and hilarious.
Empress – Imagine Melania escaping Trump with Ivanka and running from state to state with Jared Kushner as their bodyguard, trying to dodge his army of orange orangutans hunting them down. Thats Empress, but Melania is Queen Emporia and 45 is King Morax, the worst dictator in the galaxy. She’ll stop at nothing to save her children and escape his bum ass, whether that means hopping from one planet to the next, teleporting in and out of alien war zones or destroying intergalactic monsters. I can’t wait to see who they cast as the bodyguard and am so glad they got Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum to produce because their work on Maleficent will help bring Empress to life in this all out space epic.
No word on premiere dates just yet, but we’ll let you know once those roll in. Keep your ears to them nerdy streets fam.
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