Netflix and BOOM! Studios have officially announced a partnership between the two companies. They had previously worked as close collaborators and this new deal revolves around a first-look for live-action and animated series for projects such as Lumberjanes, Something is Killing the Children and many other comic book franchises.
A live-action Lumberjanes movie had been in development at 20th Century Studios before the project was ultimately canceled by Disney after the Disney/Fox merger.
LUMBERJANES – The story follows a group of girls named Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo spending summer at a scout camp, and the strange creatures and supernatural phenomena they encounter there. Originally planned as an eight-part series, the comic was made an ongoing series following strong sales and critical acclaim.
A Mouse Guard film was also canceled by Disney in the wake of the merger and was going to be directed by Wes Ball, who is being tasked to direct a new Planet of The Apes film for 20th Century Studios.
MOUSE GUARD – Set in a world of sentient mice who live in a medieval era, paralleling the same age in human history, though in their world there are no humans. … Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. After persevering against a weasel warlord in the winter war of 1149, the territories are no longer as troubled.
Ross Richie (CEO and BOOM! Studio’s founder) along with Stephen Christy (President of Development) will executive produce all the upcoming shows throughout the agreement.
The latest projects between Netflix and BOOM! were the Henson Company’s prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and the upcoming movie The Unsound also based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole.
There are no other teases of what this collaborative experience could bring to viewers, but we sure can expect several announcements as Brian Wright (Original Series Vice President at Netflix) and Ross Richie are very excited about it, take a look at what they revealed:
WRIGHT: “BOOM! characters are innately special, they’re colorful, diverse and varied and their stories have the power to ignite something in all of us […] We can’t wait to bring these stories from the page to the screen to fans in every corner of the world.”
RICHIE: “We generate 20+ new original series a year and are thrilled to partner with a company that is as prolific as we are […] We’re thrilled to continue our track record of translating our best-selling award-winning library with the best TV talent in the business but now with the undisputed leader of the new streaming era.”
So, which comic book series or feature film are you most excited to see?