Live Action Version of Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy Graphic Novel Coming to Netflix

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Musician/Comic book writer Gerard Way speaks onstage during "Humans From Earth" Podcast Series Day 2 at the Egyptian Theatre on May 3, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for "Humans From Earth")

Netflix has picked up a live-action adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, the comic book series by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá. A 10-episode series will debut on the streaming service in 2018.

Umbrella Academy follows a “dysfunctional family” of seven sibling superheroes, each with a different power, and their adoptive father, an alien moonlighting as an entrepreneur. The comic series debuted in 2007 to critical acclaim, winning the 2008 Eisner Award. Universal Cable Productions first announced it would develop a television adaptation in 2015.

Casting and a release date are yet to be announced. Steve Blackwell, who’s produced on shows including Fargo and Legion, will serve as showrunner. Umbrella Academy joins an increasingly crowded field of superhero comic adaptations, including those already on Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. [THR]

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