Following up on rumors last week that Umbrella Academy had found a home at Netflix, the online streaming giant has officially confirmed the live-action adaptation via a press release.
Originally launched in 2007 at Dark Horse, the Eisner-Award winning comic by My Chemical Romance frontman and DC Young Animal mogul Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba was originally optioned for a movie, but everyone knows the real art is in streaming TV these days.
"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 Way in the press release, a quote which probably delayed Doom Patrol by another six weeks. Way will co-executive-produce the show.
The Netflix adaptation is described as "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."
"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, as part of the sacred corporate ritual known as The Exchange of Complimentary Statements Via Press Release. "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."
"It's a thrill to be producing this wonderful show for Netflix," said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, Universal Cable Productions. "It's been a passion project for the UCP development crew and we can't wait to bring it to life."
The pair then slaughtered a goat to seal the deal.
Universal Cable Productions will produce the show, and acclaimed martial artist and six-time WWF Hardcore Champion, "The Lethal Weapon" Steve Blackman. Additional executive-producers include Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse.