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Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy Coming to Netflix

One more slice of weirdness coming to Netflix.

File this under “news I didn’t expect to hear today”. Gerard Way’s cult comic book series is to be made into a TV show for Netflix.

The Umbrella Academy, a collaboration between the former My Chemical Romance frontman and Brazilian comic book illustrator Gabriel Ba, has been planned for adaptation for the longest time but went completely dark. Netflix, who are famous for stepping in to save the day, have taken up the option for a TV show.

The Umbrella Academy revolves around a super-powered family who must find a way to work together after breaking up nine years earlier. Set in an alternate 1977, it looks like being an interesting take on a subgenre that needs some shaking up.

Here’s the synopsis for the Dark Horse comic:

“In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” Conceived and written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), Umbrella Academy features interior art by Eisner-award winner Gabriel Ba, and is a multiple Eisner-award winner itself, as well as a New York Times bestseller!”

There is no release date or anything else to go off, but it’s expected that Jeremy Slater, who previously wrote a pilot for the show, will feature in some way. Slater previously said that he will remain true to the original comics, so fans should be in for a treat.

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