Netflix has officially ordered a live-action series adaptation of the graphic novel The Umbrella Academy from My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.
The Umbrella Academy is based on the Eisner Award-winning comics. The series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes known as the Umbrella Academy as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams because of their divergent personalities and abilities.
After two years of being in developed with a pilot script adapted by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist), the streaming service has given The Umbrella Academy a 10 episode straight to series order with Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Bluegrass Television producing. Steve Blackman (Fargo) will serve as showrunner and exec produce the series with Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Way will serve co-exec producer.
You can check out an official poster released for the series by Netflix below.
“I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn’t think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show,” Way said in a statement.
Netflix’s vice president of original content Cindy Holland also released a statement explaining why the streaming service was interested in adapting the comic which has received acclaim for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre:
“What drew us to ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized. These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe.”
In addition, Chief content officer at NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and UCP president Jeff Wachtel expressed his excitement to be working on the first-ever Universal Cable Productions series to land at Netflix:
“It’s a thrill to be producing this wonderful show for Netflix,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and UCP president. “It’s been a passion project for the UCP development crew and we can’t wait to bring it to life.”
The Umbrella Academy is set to premiere sometime during 2018.
New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018
The current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.
FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.
To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.
Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.