‘Deadpool’ creator inks deal to develop ‘Extreme Universe’ to movies

By Cris Valencia / 2017.01.04
Deadpool creator Rob Liefeldattends the 'Deadpool' fan event at AMC Empire Theatre on February 8, 2016 in New York City.

"Deadpool" co-creator Rob Liefeld has inked a deal to bring his entire "Extreme Universe" comic book series to the big screens.

"World War Z" producer Graham King and writer-producer Akiva Goldsman of "I Am Legend" have reportedly secured the rights to the project under Fundamental Films, Deadline reported. The duo will reportedly set up a writer's room soon and will produce the film alongside Brooklyn Weaver.

In an interview, Liefeld said that he is excited to work with King and Goldsman. He called it a "dream come true" to have his 25-year old characters to be finally launched in movies, Variety reported.  

"Over the past nearly 25 years, since launching Image Comics, I've been lucky enough to see the power of these stories and characters as they've resonated with several generations of comic book fans. To now be able to work with Akiva Goldsman and Graham King, who are powerhouses in their own right, to bring these compelling characters and conflicts to life on the big screen is nothing short of a dream come true!"

For the uninitiated, the series has been in existence since 1992 and is published under Image Comics and Maximum Press and Awesome Comics companies. "Extreme Universe" covers 9 comic books with over 100 characters. This include titles like "Brigade," "Battlestone," "Bloodstrike," "Bloodwulf," "Cybrid," "Kaboom," and "Regex" among others. Do note that the "Youngblood" comic book characters are not included in the deal.

Liefeld's became known in the comic book scene for "Deadpool," "X-Force" and "Cable" series. Before founding Image Comics, he worked with Marvel extending his influence to popular comic book characters such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-Men and Captain America. Many of his characters are known for the subversive and sharp-tongued style of writing that made "Deadpool" a standout. 

To know more about the "Extreme Universe," watch the clip below:

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