Netflix Snaps Up Scots Comic Book Firm

By Bradley, Jane | The Scotsman, August 8, 2017 | Go to article overview

Netflix Snaps Up Scots Comic Book Firm


Bradley, Jane, The Scotsman


The company created by Scottish comic book author Mark Millar has been snapped up by entertainment giant Netflix in a deal which is set to see the regeneration of parts of the author's former hometown of Coatbridge.

Characters from the stable of Millar's Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, all of which have been adapted into Holywood blockbusters, will now be owned by Netflix - which will stream any of the author's new creations.

Millar, 47, who now lives in Glasgow, said that the acquisition was "only the third time in history a comic-book company purchase on this scale has ever happened" - citing Warner Bros' buyout of DC Comics in 1968 and Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009.

The value of the acquisition of the company, which Millar runs with his wife, Lucy, has not been disclosed.

The comic book author added that details of a charitable foundation created by Millar and his wife which will revitalise parts of his hometown will be revealed later in the summer.

Millar said: "I started Millarworld as a creator-owned comic-book company nearly 15 years ago, after talking some artist pals into being their own bosses. We'd all had success at DC and Marvel, but this was a chance to control the characters created and reap the rewards from any future movies, TV or merchandise. "Millarworld has amassed 20 different franchises working with great artists and now Millarworld has been bought by the hottest, most exciting entertainment company on the planet. …

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