News came out tonight that Rob Liefed will be joining Mark Millar by taking his Extreme Studios work to Netflix streaming service.
Deadline.com had the exclusive.
Netflix has bet big on the Extreme Universe of graphic novel characters hatched by Rob Liefeld, whose disruptive Deadpool creation was the blockbuster movie surprise of 2016. Netflix has made a seven-figure rights deal, and Akiva Goldsman will set up and oversee a high-end writers’ room — similar to ones he has run for the Ology series, and the Transformers spinoffs — to generate a series of feature films with connective tissue, anchored by Liefeld’s comic book creations. Goldsman, Liefeld and Brooklyn Weaver will be the producers. Weed Road’s Greg Lessans will be exec producer.
The marriage between Extreme Universe and Goldsman came out of an earlier deal for Liefeld’s Avengelyne, which he is developing to direct at Paramount. The new deal gives Netflix a shot at a branded series of films. Extreme Universe covers six comic books, encompassing more than 50 characters that include Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf and Kaboom. An earlier deal had been struck involving producer Graham King and Fundamental Films, but that did not work out and Netflix stepped up.
Covering the books, Bloodstrike first appears in Bloodstrike #1, Brigade first appears in Brigade #1, Cybrid first appears in Extreme #0, Re-Gex first appears in Re:Gex Preview #1, Bloodwulf first appears in Wizard: The Comics Magazine #16, and finally Kaboom first appears in Kaboom #1
All are Extreme-ly cheap pick ups.