It’s a busy time over at Millarworld. With Prodigy (the second book in a partnership with Netflix) set to come out next week, Mark Millar has already announced what is coming next. Millar will team up with artist Simone Bianchi for SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER. According to the press release from Image Comics, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER has been developed as a feature film since last year, with writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) writing the screenplay.
Also in the release, Millar went on to say:
“When I joined Netflix on staff last year we had this crazy plan of a big sci-fi universe of movies and Sharkey is the first of these,” said Millar, President and Chief Creative Officer, Millarworld, a subsidiary of Netflix. “The Magic Order is our fantasy/ horror franchise, Prodigy is our big adventure movies and Sharkey kicks off a whole world of sci-fi that’s just a great action comedy in the style of all the movies I grew up with. I love blue-collar heroes and I like the parent/ kid dynamic from movies like Paper Moon or Leon: The Professional and, of course, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. This is all the things Star Wars or Marvel can’t get away with. We start where they kinda draw the line and I love this freedom creatively as we’ve never seen space done this way before. To have Simone Bianchi drawing the comic-book side of all this and working from the amazing production designs is an honour. The team is just incredible. Simone and I have talking about working together since my days at Marvel so it’s a total blessing to finally be working with this Italian genius.”
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER will be released everywhere on February 20th, with a final order cutoff date of January 28th. How excited are you for this new project?