Fans of The Umbrella Academy and Polar will be pleased with this news.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has signed a first-look deal with comic book publisher Dark Horse Entertainment. The aforementioned Netflix projects were comics with Dark Horse. The Umbrella Academy received wide acclaim and has been renewed for a second season. (Polar was met with less praise, holding a 24% at Rotten Tomatoes).
Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson said of the deal, “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with, and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”
Dark Horse Senior VP of Production, Keith Goldberg added, “With The Umbrella Academy and Polar, Netflix has pushed our content out into the world and allowed it to spread in a way that we’ve never experienced before, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring a whole new slate of movies and shows to their worldwide audience.”
Netflix is also thrilled with the deal. The Umbrella Academy racked up a huge global audience in its first month. On the news, Netflix’s Cindy Holland said, “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.”