Mark Millar’s company, Millarworld; was purchased by the streaming giant Netflix in 2017. Since then, the corporation has recruited the scribe to make original content for their service. Millar is no stranger to having his world brought to the big screen with Kick-Ass, Wanted, and Kingsmen. While speaking with IGN, Millar gave updates on several of his upcoming projects. One of them would be the comic Prodigy which is being published under Netflix.
Illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, Prodigy is now on bookshelves. Prodigy follows Edison Crane, who is a billionaire genius who has solved most of the world problems. As indestructible as he seems, we see at the end of the first issue that Crane has an impossible task at hand – the end of the world.
“I wanted to come up with an impossible scenario, and probably the most intricate plot that I’ve ever done. The whole setup of it is just on another level,” Millar told IGN. “It covers thousands of years of civilization, the entire planet, and goes into the other dimensions, and he’s got to solve all of this, all happening at the same time as he’s also trying to come up, in his subconscious, with a way of deflecting an asteroid that’s going to hit Earth in 15 years time. And he’s still, on some level of his subconscious, playing chess with like eight of the best chess players in the world. I love that multilayered thing, because there are a whole bunch of stories all going on at the same time that all tie up in the final issue.”
Commenting further about his love for writing Edson, Millar also commented on writing “geniuses” in general:
“There’s something fun about writing geniuses. I loved doing it when I wrote [Superman: Red Son], I loved writing Lex Luthor. This is like doing a Bruce Wayne multiplied by Lex Luthor, but with Indiana Jones’s taste for adventure.”
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Below you can find out updates on all of Millar’s upcoming projects:
This series will center around the children of superheroes, who have essentially grown up to become spoiled brats. This will all change when a villain steps up to try to take a hold of the world and these bratty kids will have to band together to stop this force. The showrunner is none other than Daredevil’s Steven DeKnight and according to Millar, the status is:
“That’s rattling along just now. All the scripts are coming in for the TV show, start the casting. So we’re getting going on that. Most likely it will be the first [Millarworld property released on Netflix], but no official dates announced yet. But we know internally, and we’re planning with that.”
This series centers around a 12-year-old boy who discovers he is, in fact, Jesus and while he can perform miracles similar to the ones Jesus did in the bible, but his revelation will cause outrage and controversy, as I believe would probably be the case in modern times if anyone came forward claiming this.
American Jesus will most likely be the second project to hit Netflix.
Empress is an upcoming movie that follows a woman who takes her children and flees across the cosmos from her husband, who just happens to the vilest dictator in the galaxy. The screenplay has yet to be written.
Sharkey the Bounty Hunter
Another movie by Millar, this will surely be a trippy movie as it centers around the main character Sharkey and his ten-year-old partner as they go on an intergalactic quest in an ice cream truck. The screenplay is being currently written.
Huck is a movie described as “Forrest Gump with superpowers” – while Huck tries to help one person at a time, his world is turned upside down once word of his abilities gets out. Ted Melfi will write the movie, but he is in the middle of another project by now.
The series and movies by Millar will not be connected, rather separate entities on Netflix. Considering the hit Netflix has taken with the Marvel cancelations, this is a nice addition to bring in more comic related work onto their service. Are you excited for all these upcoming Millar projects? Let us know!
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