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Netflix develops first Millarworld series

Having acquired cartoonist Mark Millar’s company last year, Netlfix has just announced the first slate of series and films based on the artist’s stories.

The streaming giant will launch new original series including Jupiter’s Legacy from Steven S. DeKnight, and a multilingual version of American Jesus. Meanwhile films include Empress, written by Lindsey Beer; Huck, from Ted Melfi; and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter to be written by Michael Bacall.

The new productions will arrive in the wake of Netflix’s acquisition of Millar’s company Millarworld, run by the artist and his wife Lucy. “My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten,” 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. This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in. I can’t wait to switch on my computer every morning.”

Jupiter’s Legacy follows multiple generations of superheroes from the 1930s to the present day. The series will have Steven s DeKnight as showrunner, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series.

Meanwhile the multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus brings to life the story of a 12 year old boy who suddenly discovers he has returned as the Messiah. The series will have co-showrunners in Everardo Gout (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sacred Lies, Mars, Banshee, Aqui En La Tierra) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game, Instinct)