There’s no denying that last year’s Deadpool was a perfect success. Not only did it become the highest-grossing rated R film of all time, it also resonated extremely well with the international fanbase.
The character Deadpool was created in 1991 by comic book writer Rob Liefeld. In 1997, however, Liefeld and six other high-profile comics artists left Marvel to form their own comics studio, called Awesome Comics. Though the company collapsed in 2000, Liefeld had created what’s known as the Extreme Universe with more than 100 unique characters. Some of the best-known ones are Bloodstrike, Bloodwulf, Baboom, Lethal, and Nitro-Gen. Most of these characters are very similar to Deadpool; they have a similar sense of humor and have a tendency to break the fourth wall.
In a recent deal with Fundamental Films, Liefeld acquired movie rights for the entire Extreme Universe. The creation of the cinematic universe will be overseen by Fundamental Films head Graham King, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Lone Survivor), producer Brooklyn Weaver (Run All Night, Pan), and of course Liefeld himself. In his official statement on the matter, Liefeld expresses his excitement over this deal:
“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!”