Netflix has made another move in the battle over comic book titles and secured a “first-look” deal with Boom! Studios.
This means Netflix gets access to Boom’s growing catalogue and gets to decide whether they want to turn any comics into animation or live-action shows. No one else gets a look in until Netflix has decided whether it wants the show or not.
Boom had a great 2019 and published Eisner Award-winning titles; Lumberjanes, Something is Killing the Children, Once & Future, and Mouse Guard.
The two have worked together before, most notably with Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal for which Boom! published the comic.
The forthcoming feature film The Unsound directed by David F. Sanberg is a Boom! property as well. The film is based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole.
Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series at Netflix, told press;
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.”
Boom is a prolific company and publishes about 20 original series each year. They have about that many titles in development for TV and movie projects.
20th Century Fox has a non-controlling minority stake in the company, bought back in 2017 as part of a deal to bring The Empty Man to the big screen.
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