With Netflix set to release its live-action adaptation of Umbrella Academy next month, creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba have revealed they provided the writers' room with outlines that included details for five yet-to-be published volumes of Umbrella Academy.
In an interview with Collider, Way said, “What I did for Steve Blackman (the showrunner) and the writers in that first writers' room was to create an eighteen page document that laid everything out. Even of the graphic novels that haven’t come out yet. Which should equal eight when we’re all done. So I gave them the blueprint for what happens, because you do want to seed certain things in there for future series and the hope is that it’s a success so that you do a lot more of these. They’re very curious what Gabriel and I are doing next. We always send them the new comics. They really want to know what’s happening.”
The first series, Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, ran from 2007 until 2008 and won an Eisner Award for Best Finite/Limited Series. It was followed by two more series: 2008's Umbrella Academy: Dallas and 2018's Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion.
While both creators denied they’ll be making any sort of on-screen cameos, Ba said that he did complete some artwork for the series that will be featured as a sort of Easter egg that the fans will appreciate.
The show’s official synopsis reads
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
Arriving on Netflix Feb. 18, 2019, 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.