Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday's Headlines - Netflix Lands Liefeld's EXTREME Library

Huge news as Rob Liefeld has sold the film rights for several of his creator-owned Extreme Universe titles to Netflix in what's described as a "seven-figure rights deal," according to Deadline. Akiva Goldsman has reportedly been hired to oversee a writer's room (similiar the one he did for Paramount's Transformers franchise) to break down the various properties involved to come up with a series of feature films in one shared universe.

“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.”

The deal is limited to six of Liefeld's properties - Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom. Other titles such as Youngblood, Prophet, and Avengelyne aren't included in the deal, and in some cases have seperate rights deal with other film companies.

Liefeld and Goldman will act as producers on these projects, alongside Brooklyn Weever. Weed Road's Greg Lessans is attached as an executive producer.

“Rob is a unique and innovative talent who knows how to combine hard-edged comic book action with real emotionality," said Goldsman, who is also working on Liefeld's Avengyline seperately for Paramount Pictures. "Netflix has the ambition, reach, and dedication to bring his universe to life.”

Liefeld previouslysold the rights to these Extreme titles to Graham King and Fundamental Films, but the contract expired and Netflix made a successful offer.

Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children. Their programming is the most dynamic and diverse I have seen. I am beyond thrilled and inspired to be bringing my Extreme catalogue to life with the creative wizards at Netflix," said Liefeld.

"What Akiva Goldsman has achieved with his craft and storytelling across all mediums in our industry is of absolute benefit for my Extreme characters. He is an absolute comic book fanatic and working with him on adapting Extreme Universe has been electric," the writer/artist continued. "His stellar work on Star Trek Discovery has wowed the fandom and trust me when I say that the Teen Titans show he is producing is going to blow fans away. I cannot wait to show the world what we have in store.”

This deal is different from Netflix's acquisiton of Mark Millar's creator-owned titles, as Netflix have only bought the film rights to Liefeld's characters.