Netflix has announced two new TV series and three movies to be based on the stories by Mark Millar.
The first is a TV series called Jupiter’s Legacy, which “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) will be the showrunner and executive produce along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott. The first episode of the series will be directed by DeKnight.
The next TV series is American Jesus which is multilingual (Spanish/English) and is about “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 executive produce and be co-showrunners on American Jesus. Gout will also be a director on the series.
The first movie is called Empress, which is about how “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.” Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle, Wizards of Once for DreamWorks and the upcoming Netflix Original, Sierra Burgess is a Loser) will be adapting the comic into a film along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) as producers.
The next film is Huck which is about, “In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbours return the favours 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) will be adapting the comic book into a film with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe as producers.
The third film is Sharkey The Bounty Hunter, which is “set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career.” Sharkey The Bounty Hunter will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic in 2019 and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) is writing the screenplay for the film.
No release dates have been announced.