The so-called "extreme universe" is heading to the big screen. Plans are afoot to make movies based on comic book characters created by writer and artist Rob Liefeld (Deadpool) in nine different comic books, according to Deadline.
In a world now awash in movies based on characters from Marvel and DC comic books, how will the "extreme universe" distinguish itself? One possibility is for an R-rated cinematic universe. Deadpool has already proven that an R-rated comic book movie can be a big success; it earned even more at the foreign box office ($420 million) than it did in the U.S. ($363 million). Logan will be the next big test when it opens on March 3.
Let's break things down further with the principals who will be involved on the production side.
Who is Rob Liefeld?
A writer and artist, Liefeld is best known nowadays for Deadpool, but he's created dozens of comic book characters over the years, many of them breaking the mold with their outrageous antics. He formed independent comic book label Extreme Studios in the 1990s.
What is the "extreme universe"?
The term refers to comic books created by Liefeld and published by Exteme Studios, including Brigade, Bloodstrike, Glory, Prophet, Supreme and Youngblood. The deal covers more than 100 characters appearing in those books, including Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Baboom, Cybrid, Lethal, Nitro-Gen and Re-Gex.
Who is Akiva Goldsman?
Writer and producer Goldsman won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind. His credits include Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, I, Robot and I Am Legend. His directing credits include A Winter's Tale (above with Russell Crowe and Colin Ferrell). More recently, Goldsman shepherded writers' rooms for the Transformers and Hasbro movie franchises and reportedly he will do llikewise for the "extreme universe," helping to figure out storylines and characters should be featured in a series of movies.
Who is Graham King?
Producer King won an Academy Award for The Departed. He has produced several dozen movies in the past 20 years, most recently Allied. He is also producing the upcoming Tomb Raider. On this potential franchise, he has partnered with China's Fundamental Films, which is an investor in this summer's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
We'll keep an eye on what develops with this potentially very exciting new universe.