Who needs Marvel Studios?
Netflix has closed a first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment – owner of the streamer’s “The Umbrella Academy” series, which was just renewed for a second season.
Under the new agreement, Dark Horse is giving Netflix a first look at its intellectual property for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects.
Netflix and Dark Horse also collaborated on Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar, starring Mads Mikkelsen.
“We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world,” Mike Richardson, founder/president of Dark Horse, said in a statement.
Company SVP Keith Goldberg said Netflix has helped expand its content globally and allowed it to “spread in a way that we’ve never experienced before.”
Indeed, with Disney pulling its original movies, including future Marvel and Lucasfilm (Star Wars) content from Netflix, the SVOD pioneer is scrambling to fill the superhero void.
The streaming service began its post-Marvel existence in 2017 when it acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by Mark Millar, creator of stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Old Man Logan, and considered a key voice in comics.
“The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love,” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix.