According to a new report over at Deadline, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has signed a gigantic rights deal with Graham King and Fundamental Films which will result in a series of films based on Liefeld's Extreme Universe titles.
If you're unfamiliar with the titles and characters which fall under the Extreme Universe umbrella (guilty), don't worry - Deadline's got you covered:
The Extreme Universe covers nine comic books, encompassing more than 100 characters that include Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Kaboom and Nitro-Gen. This deal follows one made by Goldsman last fall, where he set the fallen angel character Avengelyne at Paramount as a feature he intends to direct.
My understanding is that many of the characters in the Extreme Universe family are written similarly to Deadpool: edgy, sassy, maybe a little bit more violent than the average superhero title (the only character I can claim to know anything about is Bloodwulf, who I remember from my early '90s comic-collecting days). Clearly the powerhouse success of Deadpool helped make this deal come together, and you can't really fault anyone involved for wanting to try and make that happen twice. Whether or not they'll pull that off will, of course, come down to who they have writing and directing these things.
Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll probably hear more soon. Where do you guys stand on all this? You ready for Akiva Goldsman's Avengelyne? Do you think you'll ever be? And who'd be a good pick to direct Bloodwulf? Sound off below.