Netflix Gallops into First-Look Deal with Dark Horse Entertainment

Following the success and popularity of Dark Horse-published comic television adaptation Umbrella Academy and film Polar from Jonas Åkerlund on Netflix, it seems the pair are moving forward together.

Word just came down that Netflix has entered into a first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment, which will include possible film and TV projects using Dark Horse IP (intellectual properties). Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake signed on to produce, a deal that also includes additional possible IP.

Dark Horse Entertainment President and founder Mike Richardson said of the deal:

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

Senior VP at Dark Horse Keith Goldberg said: “With The Umbrella Academy and Polar, Netflix has pushed our content out into the world and allowed it to spread in a way that we’ve never experienced before, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring a whole new slate of movies and shows to their world-wide audience.”

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland offered: “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.”

We’re SUUUUPER curious to see what the next Netflix / Dark Horse property is gonna be! What would you like to see get a series (or film) out of the publisher’s lexicon?

The Twitter exchange between the two accounts was pretty adorable.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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