EXCLUSIVE: Gerard Way And Gabriel Ba’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Will Hit NETFLIX
NETFLIX is making it rain and now they’ve got an umbrella.
Back in 2015, it was announced that “My Chemical Romance” frontman Gerard Way and Brazilian comic book illustrator Gabriel Ba’s comic book series The Umbrella Academy would be developed into a television series, which was previously being looked at by Universal Pictures for a film adaptation. The Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers, who must figure out how to work together to save the world nine years in the wake of going separate ways. It initially takes place in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated, and is primarily set in 1977, which is treated as the present.
Last year screenwriter Jeremy Slater gave an update on the status for The Umbrella Academy and said this to Collider;
I definitely wrote the pilot for The Umbrella Academy. I think it’s really exciting. I think it’s really surprising and funny. I took the job because I’m such an immense fan of what Gerard [Way] and Gabriel [Ba] did with that book. It’s one of those things where I would rather be the guy to screw it up than sit back and let someone else come in and do the bad adaptation. So, I was really adamant about taking the job, but the only way I was going to do it was if I could make it weird and make it true to the spirit of the book. There’s a lot of weird shit in The Umbrella Academy, and it would be very easy to sand down some of those weird edges and make it more familiar to American audiences. I’m fighting very hard to not let that happen. We’re shopping around the pilot, at the moment. We’re trying to find the right home for it and trying to find someone as excited as we are.
At that time Slater said that they were still shopping around the pilot, well now sources have told me that The Umbrella Academy will be hitting NETFLIX and that Gerard Way is definitely involved in the project, and that they will indeed still be using Slater’s script for the project, which is great since I enjoyed his work on FOX’s The Exorcist TV series which is now heading for season 2.
Sources tell me that an announcement will come shortly, maybe at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
NETFLIX has no comment at the moment.
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