It’s Official: 'Umbrella Academy' Live-Action TV Series Set at Netflix
The 10-episode drama will launch in 2018 and is based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s beloved comic of the same name.
Two years after it was put in development, Netflix has scooped up the Umbrella Academy TV series.
The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the adaptation of Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Ba’s beloved graphic novel. The drama will launch on the streaming service in 2018. (Check out the poster for the series, above.)
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.
Steve Blackman (Fargo, Netflix’s Altered Carbon) serves as showrunner and exec produces alongside Bluegrass Television, Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Way will co-exec produce. 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 Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show,” Way said.
For Netflix, The Umbrella Academy joins a deep roster of Marvel dramas, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and its upcoming mini The Defenders.
“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.” Universal Cable Productions, which announced it was developing the project for TV as part of an overall deal with publisher Dark Horse Comics, is producing the series.
“It’s a thrill to be producing this wonderful show for Netflix,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and UCP president. “It’s been a passion project for the UCP development crew and we can’t wait to bring it to life.”
Comic book series continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a crowded scripted landscape with 450-plus originals. Marvel also has The Runaways at Hulu, New Warriors at Freeform, FX’s Legion as well as the upcoming The Gifted at Fox and Inhumansat ABC joining Agents of SHIELD; DC has The CW’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightningand Fox’s Gotham as well as Syfy’s Krypton. On the cable side, AMC has found massive success with The Walking Dead, based on the Image Comics title from Robert Kirkman.
The Umbrella Academy is the first Universal Cable Productions series to land at Netflix, which more recently has been focused on owning its originals.
which marvel character thats already in the mcu deserves a spin-off tv show the most?
Mockingbird. Marvel should absolutely make a good Mockingbird TV show, not that ‘Most Wanted’ thing they were trying to put out which sounded lame and I’m glad got cancelled. The character has already been introduced but then they’ve done nothing with her. Each episode should be 30 minutes long, and it should be like a modernised version of an 80′s cop show like ‘Miami Vice’, with flashy cars, and speedboats, and fight scenes, and explosions. They should give her the current blue and white costume from the comics. In fact, they should just adapt the recent Mockingbird comic-book into a series. The comic-book won a whole bunch of awards and was easily one of the best female-led comic-books on the stands.
I am grateful they chose to have Robbie ask Daisy to look after Gabe instead the two of them sharing some fiery kiss because I think it says a lot about the level of ease and trust in their relationship
So it looks like the MCU is splitting their shows through specific categories.
1) Freeform has the teen-oriented shows, starting with “Cloak and Dagger” and “New Warriors (featuring Squirrel Girl)”.
2) ABC initially started out with SHIELD-oriented shows (Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, and the failed Most Wanted pilot) but it looks like they’re making a push towards having shows focused on Marvel’s B-list and C-list superheroes (Inhumans and the rumored Ghost Rider series).
Basically, the superheroes that will probably not get a movie but are popular enough to get their own show. And yeah, I know Inhumans was supposed to be a movie but that fell apart.
3) Netflix has the Defenders-oriented shows, which is interchangeable with street-level oriented shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Defenders, Punisher).
That being said, I don’t know what the fuck Hulu is going to be focused on since the Runaways would fit nicely on Freeform. I guess Hulu really wanted a MCU property but now, Runaways is on their own little island, which is a shame since I would’ve loved to see a Runaways-Cloak and Dagger-New Warriors team up.
We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes.
Personally, I would’ve moved Runaways to Freeform and suggested that Hulu creates an anthology series (possible title: ”The World of Marvel”). Each season would tell their own, contained story, like American Horror Story. Top of my head, there could be seasons focused on the Livewires, 1602, 2099, Marvel Noir, Pepper Potts, Betty Ross, Jane Foster, the Red Room, the Dora Milaje, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, etc.