SDCC 2017: Jeremy Slater Gives Update On UMBRELLA ACADEMY!
During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we spoke with Jeremy Slater, creator of The Exorcist on FOX. Before Slater was involved in The Exorcist, he was developing Umbrella Academy for television. A few weeks ago we broke the Exclusive news that Netflix picked up the show and fans of the book have been excited since the news broke.
Our very own Robert Garcia asked Slater if there was any development on Umbrella Academy.
Robert Garcia: Umbrella Academy, do you know where you’re at with it? Any casting? We know it’s coming to Netflix, do you have any updates on it?
Jeremy Slater: I don’t have a lot because unfortunately I had to step down from the project because of Exorcist but I kind of hand picked my successor, I said if I can’t do it you should get Steve Blackman. He’s the number two on Fargo and Legion. He’s a genius guy! Way more talented than I am. I was like, you’ll be in great hands. So I know that they were planning on shooting probably before the end of the year, probably up in Toronto I would guess, aiming for some type of premiere date next year. But I’m not really involved in the day to day, I’m just gonna be watching as a fan like everyone else. But it’s in great hands, and we really retained the weirdness of the book, we did not water it down. If anything our show might as weird if not more weird so I think it’s going to be pretty special.
Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy is a live action series that 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. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the comic series garnered much praise from fans and critics alike for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.
No date as of yet on when the series will hit Netflix.