“I’m Not Okay!” Gerard Way’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ Coming to Netflix
It only took two years to get it done.
Netflix announced that Umbrella Academy will come to the streaming giant in 2018. The ten episode straight-to-series order will adapt the Eisner Award winning graphic novel by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Doom Patrol) and Gabriel Ba. Hailed for the fresh and new take on the superhero genre, Umbrella Academy has been a bit of a cult classic since its release in 2007. Universal Studios previously tried to pick it up for a film, but nothing came of it.
The Hollywood Reporter goes into more detail about the series and the Netflix adaptation:
Based on the Eisner Award-winning comics, the live-action Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (aka the Umbrella Academy): The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror and The White Violin. Together, they work to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams because of their divergent personalities and abilities. The series was praised for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.
“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.
“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” said Cindy Holland, vp originals at Netflix. “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.”
The poster for the Netflix series was also released. Umbrella Academy is set to come to Netflix in 2018.