Nearly a year after Netflix acquired comics creator Mark Millar’s Millarworld empire in its first ever acquisition, the streaming service is releasing details as to how it plans to adapt Millar’s many comics creations. The acquisition was a strategic move as Netflix aims to corner more of the marketplace while rivals gear up to unveil their own streaming service libraries (Disney, Apple, etc.). Millar is the mind behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman and there’s plenty of material to sift through, but today Netflix unveiled two TV series adaptations and three feature film adaptations currently in the works, including who’s behind them.
The big one is Jupiter’s Legacy, which will be a TV series from executive producer Steven S. DeKnight. DeKnight cut his teeth on Buffy and spearheaded Starz’s Spartacus franchise before coming on tho show run the first season of Netflix’s Marvel series Daredevil. Recently DeKnight made his feature directorial debut with Pacific Rim Uprising, but the follow-up pretty much tanked at the box office with a worldwide total of $290 million—over $120 million less than its predecessor.
So DeKnight is now heading back to the realm of TV to tackle superheroes in Jupiter’s Legacy. Get details on the rest of the Millarworld adaptations below.
Jupiter’s Legacy TV Series
A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode.
American Jesus TV Series
Multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making? Everardo Gout (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sacred Lies, Mars, Banshee, Aqui En La Tierra) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game, Instinct) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct.
Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs — even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them. Writer Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle and the upcoming Sierra Burgess is a Loser for Netflix and Wizards of Once for DreamWorks Animation) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) set to produce.
In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything. Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce.