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My Chemical Romance’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ Sets Live-Action Netflix Series

Umbrella Academy TV Series Netflix Live Action
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Marvel’s won’t be the only original superheroes on Netflix for long. The streaming service announces a new live-action series based on My Chemical Romance lead Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy graphic novels, with a 2018 premiere date in mind.

Netflix has ordered ten episodes of the new series for 2018, based on the Eisner award-winning comic created by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The series follows “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.”

Here’s the custom artwork from Gabriel Bá:

It’s really happening! #umbrellaacademy #netflix #darkhorsecomics

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Fargo alum Steve Blackman will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with Gerard Way co-executive producing a pilot script from The Exorcist writer Jeremy Slater. Says Netflix:

What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized. 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 Umbrella Academy clearly had its ducks in a row to book a 2018 premiere, so what should we make of the new live-action take?

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