Want more comic book movies at your local multiplex? A whole slew of them may be coming your way.
Deadline (via Birth.Movies.Death) reports that Rob Liefeld, the man who invented Deadpool, has just landed a seven-figure payday for the film rights to his Extreme Universe line of comics. The line includes nine books that contain almost 100 characters, including ones with names like Lethal, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Cybrid, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Nitro-Gen and my personal favorite, Kaboom.
To be honest, I have not read the Extreme Universe stuff (which is published via Image Comics) and can't pretend to be familiar with it, but the report says that many of the characters are cut from the same cloth as Deadpool, i.e. mouthy, edgy, violent and inappropriate. With the movie version of Deadpool raking in nearly $800 million worldwide, someone is obviously looking to capture that same lightning twice.
That someone is actually writer/producer Akiva Goldsman, who has had a hand in everything from the 1990s Batman movies (the bad ones) to the upcoming film version of The Dark Tower, and who actually is planning to make his directorial debut with a film about another of Liefeld's characters, Avengelyne. Goldsman is partnering with a company called Fundamental Films (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) on the Liefeld stuff, which they of course envision as a connected franchise consisting of multiple movies.
Liefeld, a somewhat polarizing figure in the comics industry whose resume includes X-Force and lots of other Marvel titles in addition to giving birth to Wade Wilson, said in a statement:
"Over the past nearly 25 years, since launching Image Comics, I’ve been lucky enough to see the power of these stories and characters as they’ve resonated with several generations of comic book fans...to bring these compelling characters and conflicts to life on the big screen is nothing short of a dream come true!"
Do any of you read Liefeld's Extreme Universe books, and if so, do you think they'll be good movies? In a marketplace crowded with the DC movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Fox Marvel films (not to mention the proposed Valiant Comics movies too), is there room for more?