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.
Imagine: Your older brother, Dean hears some strange noises coming from your bedroom.
Dean was on his way to the bunker library when his spidey senses start tingling. Dean knew when it was too quiet something was up. Dean decided better to be safe to be sorry to make a quick detour through the hallway before going to the library.
Don’t get Dean confused, he trusted his baby sister but after they brought Jack back to the bunker you’ve been acting kind of weird. Dean confronted you about your feelings and you very defensively denied you had any feelings for the half human half angel.
Dean wanted to believe you, but he couldn’t help being on the fence a little bit when it came to you and guys. You were young, naive, and curious. Dean remembered being the same way when he was your age, but he wanted to stop you before you did something stupid or that you would regret for the rest of your life.
Dean was your brother but he also the only father figure in your life. Dean traveled the hallway with caution. The sound was definitely coming from your room. Dean was preparing what he would say to you. Dean took a deep breath and burst through the door without knocking.
I’m In Love With My Best Friend – Cody Christian Imagine
Requested by Anon:
Could you write an imagine where you told your sister that you have a boyfriend
so she’d stop trying to set you up with guys, but now she’s coming to visit for
surprise and you need a fake boyfriend during your sister’s visit so you ask
Cody (your best friend) to pretendbe your boyfriend and everything seems goes
right until the act stop being act?
Word Count: 3,141
Warnings: None other than Cody saying a curse word, ha. Fluff?
Author’s Note: Y/S/N = Your Sister’s Name. I did this because in previous imagines where I’ve named a
sibling or best friend, some of y’all have mentioned it was weird to read your
own name. So I decided to let y’all use your actual sister’s name or come up
with the name yourselves if you don’t have a sister.
Also, I sneaked in a line from Gilmore Girls. I wonder if anyone can point it out.
Come on. Come on.” Y/N whispered repeatedly as the phone rang. She paced
back and forth in her bedroom, hoping her best friend would answer. “Pick
up the damn ph-”
The sound of her
best friend’s groggy and sleepy voice interrupted her rambling.
time! Why aren’t you answering your phone? I only called you like a hundred
times! I could have been dying and-“
Cody noticed the
nervous rush in her voice and rubbed this tired eyes. He cleared his throat
before he interrupted her. "Okay, first of all I was filming all night and
I just got home a couple of hours ago. Second of all, you’re obviously not
dying so this better be good, because as much as I love ya, you know I get
cranky when I don’t get enough sleep. Lastly, breathe. Just breathe,” he
inhaled and exhaled, which Y/N mimicked, making her feel a little better.
“Now tell me
what’s wrong?” He asked groggily yet genuinely concerned at the same time.
“I lied to my
sister,” she started as she finally sat on the edge of her bed.
“That I had a
boyfriend. I only did it so she would stop setting me up with all these guys
she knew. I thought my plan would work,” she continued.
following along with her story with his eyes closed. “I remember you told
me that. So, what’s the problem?"
decided to surprise me by coming into town without any warning! Now she’s on
her way here, because not only does she miss me, but also because she wants to meet
my boyfriend of two months…” she trailed for a second, silently praying
Cody would agree to the favor she was about to ask him. “So, I was hoping
if you could come over and play the part.”
Cody’s eyes flew wide open. He heard what she
said but he still had a hard time believing it. “Come again?” He
asked, needing confirmation.
“I need you to be my fake boyfriend for my
sister,” she explained as she fiddled with the hem of her shirt nervously.
“I promise you, I’ll get you a gift card for Chipotle that will last you
for at least three months,” she bargained knowing Chipotle was Cody’s
Cody quickly sat up,
“I’m getting in the shower right now and I’ll meet you at your
Y/N smiled widely.
“Seriously, you are the best. Thank you so much.”
know I’d do anything for you,” Cody smiled back even though she couldn’t
see him. “What time will your sister get there?“
"She said she
was about 2 hours away,” she answered.
I’ll get there before she does,” he said as he walked into his bathroom.
“Don’t forget the gift card,” Cody
smiled as Y/N laughed.