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Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment strike first look deal

by Sean P. Aune | May 10, 2019May 10, 2019 7:30 am EDT

Following up on the success of The Umbrella Academy – which is moving forward with a second season – and Mads Mikkelsen-starrer Polar, Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment want to get even friendlier.

The two companies have entered into a first-look deal that will allow Netflix to have access to any of the Dark Horse properties that could move forward from here on out.

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. “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.”

“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 world-wide audience,” said Keith Goldberg, svp at Dark Horse.

“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,” said Netflix’s Cindy Holland.

What Dark Horse Properties Could Come to Netflix?

Dark Horse has had a mixed bag with Hollywood over the years. For every success such as Jim Carrey’s The Mask, there’s a Ryan Reynolds R.I.P.D. The biggest success has been Hellboy, but that is already claimed.

If we were to hazard a guess, we would say expect to see The Mask turn back up in some way. It had one successful movie, one complete flop of a sequel, and a moderately successful animated series and toy line. It seems ripe for another try. Of course, Timecop is also another property that is probably begging for a revisit. Just no Jean Claude van Damme this time.

For now, we’re expecting a lot of properties to be revisited as opposed to fresh ones coming through, and that may not be the worst thing.

With the purchase of MillarWorld and this deal with Dark Horse, it seems Netflix is betting on comic book-based properties for some time yet.


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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing