Rob Liefeld, the co-creator of iconic comic book characters like Deadpool and Cable, is bringing his talents to Netflix, according to a report from Deadline. The seven-figure deal gives the streaming service rights to the artist's Extreme Universe, which encapsulates six graphic novels and characters like Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom. These characters have been likened to Deadpool for their edgy and barrier-breaking personalities and stories.
Writer-director Akiva Goldsman will assemble an impressive writers' room to come up with scripts for a connected cinematic universe, similar to what he's doing for the Ology series at Paramount. Goldsman and Liefeld came together after Goldsman was already developing a directorial project at Paramount for himself based on Liefeld's character of Avengelyne, an angel who fights demons and monsters.
“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters,” said Netflix feature film chief Scott Stuber in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
This deal is the latest in a series of blockbuster (and probably very expensive) ones struck by Netflix. So far, the streaming giant has brought on American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and Kingsman creator Mark Millar in two separate, high-profile deals. In Millar's case, Netflix purchased his comic book company, Millarworld, with the intention of creating shows and films from its books. As for Murphy, the company signed an exclusive five-year contract with the creator-producer to develop original content for them.
"Rob is a unique and innovative talent who knows how to combine hard-edged comic book action with real emotionality," Goldsman said. "Netflix has the ambition, reach, and dedication to bring his universe to life.”
The next project to arrive based on Liefeld's creations is the Deadpool sequel, arriving in theaters May 18 from director David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde).