Boom! Studios strikes first-look deal At Netflix
Streaming giant Boom! Studios has inked a first-look deal with Boom! Studios, the comic book publisher best known for creating franchises Lumberjanes, Something is Killing the Children, Once & Future and Mouse Guard, according to Deadline.
The first-look deal, which comes nearly three months after the streaming service entered development on a feature adaptation of the publisher’s The Unsound with David F. Sandberg (Shazam!), will see the two work together to develop live-action and animated series.
The publisher had previously made a deal with 20th Century Studios, who took a minor stake in the company, that runs through January 2021, which includes the supernatural thriller The Empty Man, currently set for an August 2020 release, and was set for an animated blockbuster adaptation of Mouse Guard with Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) at the helm, but the $150 million production was shut down following the Disney merger.
Boom! went on to partner with other studios for adaptations including Memetic, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing via their Point Grey banner and Lionsgate attached to distribute, as well as a slew of TV projects set up at Amazon, HBO Max, Peacock, CBS All Access and Disney+. The studio will now primarily work with Netflix to adapt one of the largest libraries of comic book IP outside of Marvel and DC.
“BOOM! characters are innately special, they’re colorful, diverse and varied and their stories have the power to ignite something in all of us,” Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series at Netflix, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring these stories from the page to the screen to fans in every corner of the world.”
BOOM! Studios CEO and Founder Ross Richie will executive produce all series through the deal alongside President of Development Stephen Christy.
“We generate 20+ new original series a year and are thrilled to partner with a company that is as prolific as we are,” Richie said in a statement. “BOOM!’s unique partnership model of controlling the media rights to our library benefits creators by positioning them to be packaged with high-end directors, screenwriters, and producers. 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.”