The long-discussed adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, the acclaimed superhero comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, may have finally found a home at Netflix.
Debuting in 2007 from Dark Horse, the comic was first optioned for film by Universal Pictures before moving into developed in 2015 as a planned television series produced by Universal Cable Productions. According to Splash Report, the project has landed at Netflix, with Way involved in some capacity. An announcement reportedly could be made as soon as Comic-Con International.
The Umbrella Academy centers on a "dysfunctional family of superheroes," children with extraordinary abilities who, under the tutelage of their adoptive father Sir Reginald Hargreeves, spent their youth fighting crime. But then something went horribly, horribly wrong. Nine years later, the estranged siblings reunite for the funeral of their mentor and to face a terrible threat to the planet. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse launched in 2007, followed the next year by Dallas.
After years of no public movement on the film adaptation, The Umbrella Academy was listed in 2015 among the properties being developed for television under a new deal between Dark Horse and Universal Cable Productions.
Filmmaker Rawson Marshal Thurber (Dodgeball, Central Intelligence), who was attached to write the film, told CBR last year that The Umbrella Academy was simply "too challenging" to adapt for the big screen. However, he hinted that a television announcement might be on the horizon. "“I don’t know if there’s much hope on the feature side for that project," Thurber teased, "but there might be hope on the television side, dot dot dot.”
According to Splash Report, The Umbrella Academy pilot will utilize the script Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four, Death Note) wrote for Universal Cable Productions.