'Umbrella Academy' promo art
Credit: Dark Horse/Netflix
Credit: Dark Horse/Netflix

Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's creator-owned series The Umbrella Academy will be adapted into a 10-episode live-action series for Netflix.

“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,” said Gerard Way.

Fargo's Steve Blackman will serve as showrunner. Way himself will serve as co-executive producer. The series will be produced by Netflix and Universal Cable Productions. 

“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “These aren’t the usual superheroes and the 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 Dark Horse series tells the story of a group of misfits who were brought together as children and trained to be superheroes by an eccentric mentor, whose sudden death sparks a new series of adventures. The Umbrella Academy: Apocaylpse Suite was published over six issues in 2007, with a sequel, Dallas, following in 2008.

Way, notably the former singer of the band My Chemical Romance, has since gone on to found the DC Comics pop-up imprint Young Animal.

Netflix's The Umbrella Academy is scheduled for 2018.

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