Don’t get too excited, but maybe – just maybe – Netflix might be working on a new TV show based on Kingsman.
One thing is certain: the streaming network is definitely working on projects that will be set within the same fictional universe as Kingsman and its upcoming sequel, The Golden Circle. Netflix has just announced that it has purchased Millarworld, a production company owned by comic book writer Mark Millar, who penned Kingsman as well as Kick-Ass, and a bunch of other comics (of, let’s be fair here, varying quality).
The Millarworld deal comes with a bunch of property rights attached, meaning that Netflix can now make shows based on a lot of different comics that Mark Millar has written over the years (here’s hoping the artists get a cut as well, because they definitely deserve it).
“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee. We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
That’s quite the verbose claim, but things don’t end there – Mark Millar is also eager to weigh in, giving his own fantastic praise to the comics that he himself created:
“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level. I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”
The simple heart of the matter is that Netflix is aware that comics are big business and that sometimes, being tied to Marvel is a bit of a pain in the backside (especially when they deliver something like Iron Fist). Here we are, then, in a world where a bunch of comics you’ve never heard of, and a couple that Matthew Vaughn turned into movies, are enough to get Netflix to shed big bucks in order to control.
Naturally, we’re going to see something of Wanted and Reborn – Ted Sarandon wouldn’t have namedropped them if he didn’t think they were going to be appearing on the streaming platform eventually.
We could very well also see Kick-Ass and Kingsman make it as Netflix shows as well, though. After all, there’s some nice brand recognition there, and making TV shows that closely resemble something you’re already familiar with is ninety percent of Netflix’s original content marketing plan.
Kick-Ass would actually probably work really, really well as a series. The premise of vaguely real-world superheroes doesn’t need a huge budget, so it’d be a lot more achievable than, say, whatever Marvel’s doing with Inhumans.
As for Kingsman? Don’t expect everyone’s heads to explode, but yeah. That could work. It might not look and feel exactly the same as the movie (just as how the comics don’t really bear much similarity to the films), but thus far every Kingsman story in print or celluloid has shared a continuity, so a TV show would probably fit in there as well.
Whether or not 20th Century Fox is going to play ball from a rights perspective remains to be seen, and it might be some time before this show actually appears. That said, it’s impossible that, in the midst of organizing this deal, someone at Netflix didn’t broach the subject of making a Kingsman television series, and if there’s one comic that Millarworld owns the rights to that has more brand appeal than any other, it’s this one.
Don’t hold out hope for a Colin Firth cameo, but based on this intriguing new purchase, it’s an almost certainty that Netflix is considering a Kingsman show, and that alone is enough to get fans of this fictional world excited.