According to reports, Netflix is looking to develop a series based on The Umbrella Academy, the comic book series created and developed by Gerard Way, former frontman of punk rock band My Chemical Romance.
With Netflix’s brand continuing to build and subscription numbers continuing to climb, the streaming service has been able to diversify their original content and take more risks. Some of these risks didn’t pay off in ways that they wanted (like the Baz Luhrmann series The Get Down), but they now have enough strong, consistent programming to continue to take chances on potentially risky properties.
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One of these said risks that is supposedly in development is The Umbrella Academy, the superhero-based comic books series started in 2007 by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. According to Splash Report, Netflix is currently developing the series following a bidding war for the rights, and that Way and The Exorcist screenwriter Jeremy Slater will be involved. Universal Studios purchased the rights to make a feature film in 2010, but the attempts never got off the ground. Word started to resurface in 2015 when it was announced that the project would be shopped as a television series and produced by Universal Cable Productions.
The Umbrella Academy takes place in 1977 during an alternate timeline where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. It follows a dysfunctional and estranged group of superheroes who reunite after nine years apart to save the world from a lethal threat. The gothic Dark Horse property ran for three series from 2007 to 2013, with a…
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