In a move that will give the streaming service access to the largest library of controlled comics property outside of Marvel and DC, Netflix has locked in a two-year, first-look television deal with BOOM! Studios for both live-action and animated series. BOOM! Studios founder and CEO and Ross Richie and President of Development Stephen Christy will serve as executive producers on any project developed through the deal. BOOM! has close to 20 movies and TV shows in development currently, with a publishing background that includes a number of best-selling Eisner Award-winning and fan-beloved comic book franchises, including Lumberjanes, Something is Killing the Children, Once & Future, and Mouse Guard (which was greenlit as a film before being shelved by Disney in 2019).
For Ross, the partnership feels like a natural fit: "We generate 20+ new original series a year and are thrilled to partner with a streamer that is as prolific as we are. BOOM!'s unique partnership model benefits creators by positioning them to be packaged with high-end directors, screenwriters, and producers. We're thrilled to continue our track record of translating our best-selling award-winning library with the best TV talent in the business but now with the undisputed leader of the new streaming era." Even before this deal, the streamer and comic book company were no strangers. The two are partnering on the upcoming feature film The Unsound directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole. BOOM! also debuted a graphic novel series in 2019 tied into Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
For BOOM!, the deal is just another example of how the company has been moving to see their books adapted. BOOM! Box hit Goldie Vance from Hope Larson and Brittney Williams with Kerry Washington producing and Rashida Jones directing, cartoonist Sean Rubin's Bolivar with Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) producing, Imagine Agents with Richie Keen directing, and Ladycastle written by Delilah Dawson and drawn by Rebecca Farrow and Ashley A. Woods at Fox Family have all been in some level of development since 2017. Other projects are also in play at Amazon, HBO Max, Peacock, CBS All Access, Disney+, and more.