Umbrella Academy Showrunner Interview

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a group of kids with extraordinary powers are raised together to save the world. No, no, it’s not the X-Men. It’s The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s new series based on the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba comic book.

One day, women around the world give birth to super-powered children. Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore) collects seven of them to raise in his mansion. They learn to use their powers for good, but when they reunite as adults after Hargreaves’ funeral, they have some lingering trauma to work out. Then Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) reappears with some bad news about the end of the world.

Jeremy Slater began work on The Umbrella Academy streaming series, but Steve Blackman took over and produced the current version. Blackman spoke with /Film by phone about The Umbrella Academy, which is currently streaming on Netflix. And a spoiler warning for some of the comics and first batch of episodes.

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the umbrella academy featurette

What is The Umbrella Academy? Is it just X-Men but with siblings? The latest The Umbrella Academy featurette released by Netflix attempts to educate and explain this dysfunctional family of superheroes at the center of the series based on the comic by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

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umbrella academy soundtrack

This week, the strange, stylish superhero series The Umbrella Academy drops on Netflix, bringing the Eisner award-winning comics to life. In anticipation of the premiere, we’re debuting an exclusive Umbrella Academy soundtrack track, from the staggeringly prolific Jeff Russo. Hear the exclusive track below.

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umbrella academy trailer new

Welcome to The Umbrella Academy, an institution that’s sort of like the X-Mansion from X-Men, but a lot more quirky. The new Netflix series, adapted from the comic created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, follows a family of dysfunctional superheroes who are tasked with preventing the apocalypse (naturally). Watch The Umbrella Academy trailer below.

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The Umbrella Academy first look

Netflix has just released the first images and a release date for its next comic book series, The Umbrella Academy.

The Umbrella Academy first look gives us a glimpse at the star-studded cast of the adaptation of Gerard Way‘s graphic novel, led by superhero vet Ellen Page. She plays one of the members of a “super” dysfunctional family who must come together to — what else? — save the world.

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Ellen Page the Umbrella Academy

Ellen Page is bringing a new superhero team to Netflix. Gerard Way‘s graphic comic The Umbrella Academy is about to come to life as a series on the streaming service, with Page as one of the leads. The story is set in an alternate reality and focuses on a group of dysfunctional superheroes. The series will debut in 2018.

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Netflix is working on an adaptation of a comic book from the frontman of the band My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way. The first issue of Way’s Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy, was released in 2007. Since then, there was some talk of a movie at Universal, but the story, which is set in 1977, is now in development as a series at Netflix with Way and Jeremy Slater (Fox’s The Exorcist) involved.

Below, learn more about The Umbrella Academy show.

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concrete

Dark Horse Comics and Universal Cable Productions (Mr. Robot, The Magicians) have made a deal to turn a bunch of Dark Horse titles into TV shows. One of the first developments is based on one of the very first Dark Horse Comics. That title is Concrete, created, written and drawn by Paul Chadwick, which tells a story that is basically “what if The Thing lived a non-superhero life?”

Other series in the lineup include Harrow County, Back Up, and The Umbrella Academy, the Gerard Way comic that was previously in development as a feature at Universal. Read More »

Back in 2009, we reported that screenwriter Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain) was working on a screenplay adapted from Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy series. Now, after a couple of years of not much activity, the project is getting a whole new draft. Universal Pictures recently hired Rawson Thurber, best known as the writer/director of Dodgeball, to rewrite the script.

Written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy follows a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. The series won an Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series in 2008 and has received praise from writer Grant Morrison, who called it “An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas.” More details after the jump.

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Universal Pictures has hired Race to Witch Mountain scribe Mark Bomback to adapt Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy for the big screen. The film is very tentatively aiming for a 2012 release. I wasn’t a big fan of Witch Mountain, but it appears that Bomback might have better source material this time around.

The six-issue limited series was created by Gerard Way, the lead singer of band My Chemical Romance, but don’t let that scare you away. The comic won the 2008 Eisner Award (the comic book equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Finite Series. Of course, a second series The Umbrella Academy: Dallas was launched in 2008. The comic tells the story of a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. Read the official comic synopsis after the jump.

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