Netflix acquires Deadpool creator's comic universe

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Building on the success of its various Marvel productions, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher and more, Netflix has acquired the "Extreme Universe" - a full set of comic book characters from Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld.

Various numbers are flying around, but it sounds as though Netflix paid a "seven-figure sum" for the rights, which gets them six Extreme Universe books and more than 50 characters. That should certainly be enough to keep them going for a good few years.

Producer Akiva Goldsman - who worked on I Am Legend - is set to be writing several films based on the universe, which features "gritty stories and distinctive characters". In a statement to Deadline, Scott Stuber, the head of originals at Netflix, 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."

More details will no doubt emerge in the coming weeks.

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