Netflix is at a non-stop pace with returning and new series coming down the pike. The streaming giant has just picked up The Umbrella Academy, the series based on My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s graphic novel of the same name.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the series to launch in 2018. The series, executively produced by Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) and Gerard Way, follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes: The Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror and the White Violin. They all work together to solve the mysterious death of their father while coming apart at the seams because of their vastly different personalities and abilities.
Gerard Way was more than pleased that Netflix ended up being the home for The Umbrella Academy:
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, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix had this to say:
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.
The Umbrella Academy joins Netflix’s already stacked roster of comic book and graphic novel related dramas, including the upcoming Marvel’s Defenders series, Luke Cage, which is currently shooting its second season in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and the much maligned Iron Fist.