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Netflix is getting heavy into the comics game with its latest acquisition, Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe.
During the 1990s there was a massive shift to creator-owned books, and this was exemplified by the early days of Image Comics. Under that umbrella big name creators had their own little corners of the company. Rob Liefeld – the creator of Deadpool – called his the Extreme Universe, and Netflix has now picked up the rights to those titles.
The titles covered under this deal will include Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom. Trust me, don’t be shocked if you’ve never heard of any of these as the only one I vaguely remember is Brigade.
Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to head up a writer’s room just as he did with the Transformers films.
“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters,” said Netflix feature film chief Scott Stuber. “Akiva’s creative voice has been behind some of the largest movie franchises, making him uniquely capable of helping bring these superheroes from the Extreme Universe to life for Netflix.”
Lets not mince words here. Netflix needs new IP to work with, but of all the things they could have chosen, they picked up these forgotten children of the 90s. The only time they are discussed is in lists of some of the worst comics of the decade. Liefeld’s books featured nonsense plots with paper-thin characters.
Then you add in Goldsman who no one is really sure how he keeps getting work as everything he touches turn to garbage. The Transformers project fell apart. He was involved with the flop that was The Dark Tower. His track record is spotty on a good day.
Netflix wants in the superhero game, and they picked these six titles and 50 or so characters for a rumored seven figures. In other words, they bought from the dollar store.
I do not predict good things coming from this.
Source: Deadline .