Netflix buys comic book publishing firm run by Scottish writer

Netflix has announced it has bought comic book publisher Millarworld, home to titles such as Kick-Ass and Kingsman, in its first ever acquisition.

Millarworld, run by Scottish writer Mark Millar with his wife Lucy, will give Netflix a host of character franchises with which to develop films, TV series and children’s shows.

Millarworld has developed three of its franchises — Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman — into films that have garnered nearly $1bn in the global box office.

Historic purchase

Mark Millar said: “Warner Bros bought DC Comics in 1968. Disney bought Marvel in 2009. Today Netflix purchased Millarworld and I’m still blinking. This is only the third time in history a comic-book company purchase on this scale has ever happened.

“I started Millarworld as a creator-owned comic-book company nearly 15 years ago, after talking some artist pals into being their own bosses. We’d all had success at DC and Marvel, but this was a chance to control the characters created and reap the rewards from any future movies, TV or merchandise that ever came from those characters and books.

“Over the years, Millarworld has amassed twenty different franchises working with the world’s greatest artists and now Millarworld has been bought by the hottest, most exciting entertainment company on the planet. To say this is the best thing that ever happened in our professional lives would be an understatement.”

Billion dollar content creation

The deal comes as Netflix spends billions of dollars on content to win new subscribers in a quest to become the world’s top movie and TV streaming service.

The company did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

Millar previously spent eight years at Marvel, where he developed comic books and story lines that resulted in movies such as Logan, Captain America: Civil War and Disney’s first Avengers film.

“Modern-day Stan Lee”

“Mark is as close as you can get to a modern-day Stan Lee,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, referring to the 94-year-old creator of comic book franchises and box-office behemoths such as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men.

Millarworld will continue to create and publish new stories and franchises under the Netflix label, Netflix said.