The next title from Millarworld and Netflix will be a comic book series called Prodigy. Mark Millar thinks the lean character, Edison Crane, is his best. He said;
Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career…”
And today you can watch Prodigy on the streaming platform but, spoiler, it’s a different Prodigy.
An indie filmmaker has lucked out. Netflix was so impressed by their short thriller that they picked it up. Now, as Millar fans start to search for Prodigy on the platform, they’ll find this attention capturing short instead.
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Geek Native spoke to writer and director Alex Haughey about the overlap.
How did you feel when you discovered Mark Millar and Netflix’s next deal would be called ‘Prodigy’?
It was eerily reminiscent of a similar Prodigy incident. I had a great idea for a trailer when we first finished the film, but it required us to shoot a supplementary scene, so we set the whole thing up and made it happen. After we slaved over the proper editing and sound for a few weeks, it was ready to go. Just before we were set to release it, another film — Morgan — released a teaser with that made looked nearly identical to ours (except with studio quality production design).
I seem destined to be undercut whenever I decide to post some big development for Prodigy!
Do you think having another Netflix title called ‘Prodigy’ will help or hurt your visibility?
At first, I felt like it would hurt, because it would drive traffic away from our news. However, in the end the bigger news should actually help us because there will be more traffic drawn to searches for Prodigy and Netflix in general. After all that, it was probably a good thing for us.
Do you have any plans to pick up the Prodigy comic book?
Before this, no. I had never even heard of it. I did end up watching Morgan (unfortunately), so maybe I’ll keep the tradition alive of checking out the work that seems to be stealing my thunder.
How are your cast and crew feeling now that your short film will stream on Netflix?
Do you mean short feature film? We barely qualify at 80 minutes, but we got there! Our cast and crew is ecstatic. It has been a long and winding journey to get this movie to this point, and I think most people had moved on and kind of forgotten about it. That said, when we dropped the Netflix news on them, it brought Prodigy right back to the forefront of their minds!
What’s the most stupid thing anyone has ever said about the film?
The only comment I’ve seen that I don’t like is when people remark that the movie is cliche, but then aren’t able to back that up with anything. We drew a lot of inspiration from a lot of places for the film, and melding them together to make a unique movie experience. I’m fine if someone thinks we walked too close to one or two of our influences, but people use the term broadly, which I find to be an unfair criticism.