Netflix will present a ten-episode live action adaptation of “The Umbrella Academy” in 2018. The graphic novels were created and written by Belleville, N.J. native, Gerard Way, and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.
“I am thrilled that ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has found a home at Netflix,” Way stated in the press release. “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.”
Way confirmed the series on his Facebook page on July 11, stating, “It’s really happening!”
Known as an alternate take on the superhero genre, the series published by Dark Horse Comics focuses on a dysfunctional family of superheroes. The first volume “The Umbrella Academy” sold over 45,000 copies, according to Dark Horse Comics.
“What drew us to ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” vice president for original content at Netflix, Cindy Holland, stated. “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.”
The executive producer and showrunner is Steve Blackman, who will work along side executive producers from Bluegrass Television and Dark Horse Entertainment. Way will serve as co-executive producer on the series produced by Universal Cable Productions.
This isn’t the first time a screen adaption was planned for “The Umbrella Academy”. In 2015 USA Today reported that Universal Cable Productions announced a deal with Dark Horse Entertainment to develop several scripted shows. Previously, “The Umbrella Academy” was also in development for a film adaption by Universal Pictures.