One of the most opinion-splitting names in the comic book game is Rob Liefeld. With a shared live-action realm long planned for Liefeld’s Extreme Universe of characters, the shared world has now been picked up by Netflix.
Deadline broke the news, with Akiva Goldsman and Weed Road heading up a writers room who’ll be tasked with penning the outings of this shared universe. Goldsman, Liefeld and Brooklyn Weaver will be serving as producers on this plentiful project.
On this news, Netflix’s Scott Stuber said, “Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters. Akiva’s creative voice has been behind some of the largest movie franchises, making him uniquely capable of helping bring these superheroes from the Extreme Universe to life for Netflix.”
Goldsman added, “Rob is a unique and innovative talent who knows how to combine hard-edged comic book action with real emotionality. Netflix has the ambition, reach, and dedication to bring his universe to life.”
Rob Liefeld is someone who many comic book fans hold in high esteem, with him famously co-creating a certain Merc with a Mouth by the name of Deadpool. He’s also highly regarded for his work on Marvel’s The New Mutants and X-Force titles, and he helped change the game by being one of the names who started up Image Comics.
Since debuting in the 1990s, Liefeld’s Extreme Universe has seen several changes to its titles, with its most recent incarnation featuring titles such as Bloodstrike, Brigade, Kaboom, Cybrid and Bloodwulf. In terms of previous books, Youngblood and Avengelyne are some of the bigger hitters, and the movie rights for Avengelyne are already with Paramount Pictures and has the aforementioned Akiva Goldsman attached to direct.
Expect more on all of this as we get it.