Let’s be honest, Netflix is on fire. And it’s pretty much slowly taking over the world. As well as offering some of our best retro TV shows (Friends has just been released in the UK. Could we BE any more excited about that), and Netflix original series, they’ve recently delved into the world of comic book adaptation. And we can totally get behind this decision – you know, considering we’re complete nerds.
In a recent press release, Netflix has confirmed that they will be bringing the awesome comic, The Umbrella Academy to live in a brand-new 10-episode live action series. The Umbrella Academy series was first released in 2007 and is the love-child of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and illustrator, Gabriel Ba. Together, they bring us the story of the most dysfunctional superhero family of all time as they embark on a mission to uncover the truth behind their father’s death. In short, it’s darn epic. So far, only two comic series have been released, but it’s been reported that Way and Ba are currently working on the next two.
This isn’t the first time there has been cinematic/TV interest in the series, though. In 2010, Universal Studios bought the rights of Umbrella Academy to make a movie – however, they have since changed their mind and are now making it into a television show for Netflix. It’s said that Way will executive produce alongside producer, Steve Blackman (the man behind Fargo and Altered Carbon) to bring this new series to life.
Gerard Way has since spoken of the news.
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.
Cindy Holland, the Vice President for Original Netflix Content, has also spoken of their excitement for the project.
What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized. These aren’t the usual superheroes, and the 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.
And we’re pretty excited too!