According to an announcement posted on TheHollywoodReporter, giant streaming service Netflix has signed a first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment to keep making films and shows based on the comics publishers material.
The specifics aren’t currently clear what Netflix exactly is planning on adapting beyond The Umbrella Company and Mads Mikkelsen’s assassin Polar. Some of the other titles at Dark Horse Comics include The Mas, which was adapted into a feature film becoming one of comedian Jim Carrey’s biggest box office hits in the 1990s.
Also, the science fiction film Timecop starring Jean-Claude Van Damme was based on Dark Horse Comics source material. Personally, Timecop feels like the most suitable property for a series adaptation given that it could have a similar look/budget as Altered Carbon but has a very different science fiction premise given those police officers have to time travel to catch crooks as time-travel technology is on the streets.
When mankind perfects time travel, the government establishes the Time Enforcement Commission to thwart criminal attempts to alter the timeline. Police officer Walker (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is recruited by TEC Cmdr. Matuzak (Bruce McGill), but soon finds his investigation of Senator Aaron McComb (Ron Silver) being thwarted by elements within the government. When Walker’s wife, Melissa (Mia Sara), is attacked, he must travel across time to rescue her and save the future.
Netflix’s Cindy Holland does tease branching into multiple genres.
Adds Netflix’s Cindy Holland, “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.”
Dark Horse Comics is also the publisher of the Hellboy and B.P.R.D. comics, but there is zero mention of intentions to bring those characters to the streaming service. The latest feature film adaption earned scathing reviews and belly flopped at the box office making a total of $21 million globally on a budget $50 million. Perhaps, the horror franchise will get a second life on Netflix in the near future as I don’t think we’ll be seeing any more films from Millenium Films/Lionsgate anytime soon, given their ability to tackle The Umbrella Academy it doesn’t feel like Hellboy would be terribly difficult for them.
Netflix lost the rights to the Marvel Television characters recently as their deal with Marvel expired, but it looks like this new deal with Dark Horse Comics and the acquiring of most of the Millarworld properties they’ll certainly have enough source material for the next couple of years.
Season 2 of The Umbrella Company will begin shooting next summer and is expected to drop sometime in 2020.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER