Netflix has purchased the film rights to comic creator Rob Liefeld’s Intense Universe comics in a large, seven-figure offer according to a report from Deadline. The offer gives Netflix film rights to six of Liefeld’s titles: Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom.
Liefeld is ideal recognised as the unique co-creator of the character Deadpool alongside Fabian Nicieza, but immediately after a falling out with Marvel, Liefeld remaining the corporation to co-identified Graphic Comics, wherever he would go on to generate a selection of series that includes new, unique characters like Kaboom, the undead assassination workforce Bloodstrike, and Battlestone below his Intense Studios branding. Netflix will attract on that franchise for its motion pictures, though some of the other far more well known Intense textbooks, like Youngblood, Supreme, Glory, and Prophet aren’t described as currently being element of Netflix’s buy, building it unclear if the streaming service will be in a position to adapt all those characters as very well.
Netflix obtaining the rights to the Intense Universe comics is the most current superhero acquisition for the streaming corporation, which also purchased Mark Millar’s comic guide publishing residence Millarworld last calendar year as a resource of new adaptation substance. It’s a go that makes sense — even if Disney is not mentioned to be transferring its Marvel series about from Netflix to its individual streaming service when it launches future calendar year, it is sensible that Netflix is wanting to develop up its individual steady of superheroes that aren’t below Disney’s thumb.
The movies will be overseen by Akiva Goldsman, who’ll be placing up and managing a writers space to adapt the comics, very similar to what he’s done in the previous for the Transformers franchise, the Hasbro cinematic universe, and the Ologies series of YA textbooks. Goldsman also infamously wrote Batman & Robin, co-wrote Batman Permanently, and made his directorial debut with The Winter’s Tale, which he also wrote and developed. Goldsman is also presently working on an additional collaboration with Liefeld to adapt the Avengelyne comics at Paramount, which Goldsman may well immediate. (In Goldsman’s protection, he also has an Oscar for Ideal Adapted Screenplay for A Lovely Brain.) The partnership of Liefeld — with his caught-in-the-90s mentality and polarizing function — with Goldsman (the thoughts who brought us the Transformers motion pictures and Mr. Freeze’s awful Batman & Robin puns) could be a recipe for catastrophe, though things are nevertheless fairly early on in the course of action nevertheless.
This actually marks the next time somebody is hoping to switch the Intense Universe comics into a series of motion pictures — last calendar year, Liefeld and Goldsman have been set to function with producer Graham King and Fundamental Movies to deliver the comics to the major display, but the offer did not pan out.