Netflix has announced the official release date of its adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy.
Based on the acclaimed Dark Horse comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy follows an estranged family of superheroes that investigate the suspicious death of their father Reginald Hargreeves who had adopted the wayward orphans as part of his titular academy to hone their powers and save the world. As they work together to find out the truth behind their wealthy benefactor’s death, the group begins to unravel due to their divergent personalities and hard to control abilities.
There were talks of a feature film based on The Umbrella Academy as far back as 2010. Universal Studios brought Mark Bomback on to write the film’s screenplay, but he was then replaced by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Despite Way’s enthusiasm towards the script at New York Comic Con 2012, the film never materialized.
Developed by Steven Blackman (Altered Carbon, Fargo), Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Colm Feore.