Netflix has unveiled the first images of its upcoming adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.
Based on the award-winning Dark Horse Comics series of the same name – created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá – The Umbrella Academy is a live action series that follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five) as they work together to solve their adoptive father’s mysterious death, while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
The show stars an impressive line-up of talent, including Ellen Page (Vanya Hargreeves, aka. The white Violin), Tom Hopper (Luther Hargreeves), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Alison Hargreaves, aka. The Rumor), David Castañeda (Diego Hargreeves, aka. The Kraken), Robert Sheehan (Klaus Hargreeves, aka. The Seance) and Aidan Gallagher (Number 5), as well as Mary J. Blige, aKate Walsh and Cameron Britton. Now, we’ve got our first idea of what this cast looks like, with Netflix unveiling the first image of the cast and a host of character posters.
The images were released at New York Comic-Con this weekend, when Netflix also confirmed The Umbrella Academy’s release date: it will premiere on 15th February 2019.
The Umbrella Academy is heading to Netflix
12th July 2017
Netflix is bringing award-winning graphic novels The Umbrella Academy to the screen.
Created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, the popular Eisner-winning comics follow the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The 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. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the comic series garnered much praise from fans and critics alike for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.
“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for 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 comics will become a 10-episode series, produced by produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).
“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,” adds Way.
The series will premiere in 2018.