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Episode 104 – The Rainwater Blues

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we make our triumphant return to video! We talk about the Anime News Network hack, Disney planning its own streaming service, and Netflix buying Millarworld. Then we head to the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions is at it again (and using a different name), five GeekGirlCon staffers have quit claiming “reverse racism,” and Otakon had a rain drainage system dump all over their artist alley.

Yeah, that happened.

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Netflix Purchases Mark Millar’s ‘Millarworld’

Streaming company Netflix has announced that they’ve now purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld. Millarworld is the imprint that Millar uses to publish books under four different publishers, most notably Wanted, Chosen, The Unfunnies, Kick-Ass and War Heroes. This gives the streaming service and studio the ability to make films and television series based on Millar’s work without having to pay licensing.

Well, except for Kingsman, because those rights are tied up elsewhere.

Or Kick-Ass for the same reason.

Honestly, as I’m not a huge fan of Millar’s work, I’m not personally super excited by this. That said, it’s still a smart move for Netflix to grab some original properties for themselves. Millar’s writing is flawed, but prolific — and it might be interesting to see what the studio makes of it.

Via io9

A Film Based on Mark Millar’s ‘Empress’ Comic is in Development

So maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really understand Hollywood’s love affair with comic creator Mark Millar. I mean, Kick Ass was okay I guess — but some of the other stuff has just been not good. It seems to be continuing strongly though — as the latest news is that Millar’s comic Empress is now being shepherded to screen.

Empress (which was co-created by artist Stuart Immonen) is a fairly new comic, as its first issue debuted in April (issue #2 should be on shelves today in fact). The comic is about the wife of a “Ming the Merciless”-esque galactic dictator who decides to take her kids and run away. As you might expect, her husband isn’t too pleased with that.

Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce alongside Millar, with F. Scott Frazier expected to write the script. No word yet on who would direct the film.


Chloë Moretz Blames Piracy For Kick Ass 3 Not Happening, Must Not Have Seen Kick Ass 2

In an interview with Digital Spy, Chloë Moretz (who played Hit Girl in Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2) said:

“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character,” Moretz said. “Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre.

“Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one.

“If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theatre.”

Here’s the thing though – I am one of those people who paid money to see the film, and Kick Ass 2 just wasn’t very good. I mean, Moretz’s performance was fine, but the film had a lot of issues. There are parts of that film that just should have been excised entirely, like the gratuitous use of implied sexual violence (which is based off of a much worse scene in the comic the film is based on).

To go back to what she said, those “fanboys” are people like me, who will see a film more than once. I’m going to see Guardians of the Galaxy for a third time this weekend and I told all my non-geek friends to see it (not that they had to be told) — I saw Kick Ass 2 just the once and never recommended it. Why? The former was a good film while the latter was mediocre at best. The first Kick Ass film found cult success from word of mouth, and the second didn’t find it for the same reason.

I will always argue against piracy, but it’s important to be honest. People pirated the film because they heard it wasn’t good, but they still wanted to check it out because the brand was still strong. If it had been a good film, it would have still been successful in the theater.

Via Digital Spy