The Umbrella Academy is coming to Netflix. The live action series is based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novels by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes called he Umbrella Academy — the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror and the White Violin — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
Way said of the project:
“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 Bá and myself had when creating the comic and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live-action show.”
Cindy Holland, VP Original Content for Netflix, said:
“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.”
UCP first began developing an Umbrella Academy TV series in 2015 under a first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment with Jeremy Slater on board to adapt the series. Since the project started, Slater went on to create and executive produce The Exorcist for Fox. With the horror drama renewed for a second season, Slater is not available to work on series. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner on the series.
The 10-episode series is lated to air on Netflix in 2018.