The Umbrella Academy (TV series)
|The Umbrella Academy|
|Based on||The Umbrella Academy|
by Gerard Way
|Developed by||Steve Blackman|
|Written by||Jeremy Slater|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario|
The Umbrella Academy is an upcoming American web television series developed by Steve Blackman for Netflix. It is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name, created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The first season is scheduled to premiere on February 15, 2019.
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.
- Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves / The White Violin, a violinist with no superpowers but is an expert on the violin.
- Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves / Spaceboy, an aspiring astronaut with super strength whose body is that of a Martian Ape.
- Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves / The Séance, a slacker with telekinesis and the ability to communicate with the dead.
- Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves / The Rumor, a tomboy with the ability to manipulate reality by lying.
- David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves / The Kraken, a rebellious troublemaker with enhanced breath holding and gifted knife-throwing techniques.
- Aidan Gallagher as Number Five / The Boy, an unnamed teenager who can time travel at the cost of aging quickly while maintaining his regular appearance.
- Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha, a Neo-Nazi criminal. Unlike the comics, the character is female.
- Cameron Britton as Hazel, Cha-Cha's partner.
- Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves / The Monocle, an alien masquerading as a human billionaire industrialist.
- Adam Godley as Pogo, a chimpanzee and Reginald's closest assistant.
- John Magaro as Leonard Peabody
A film version of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy has been optioned by Universal Studios. Originally, screenwriter Mark Bomback was hired to write the screenplay; Rawson Marshall Thurber reportedly replaced him in 2010. There has been little talk of the film since, and no release date has been set. In an interview with Newsarama at the 2012 New York Comic Con, Way mentioned that there have been "good talks" and a "really good script", but that it was "kind of up to the universe".
On July 7, 2015, it was announced that The Umbrella Academy would be developed into a television series, rather than an original film, produced by Universal Cable Productions. On July 11, 2017, it was officially announced that Netflix had greenlit a live-action series adaptation of The Umbrella Academy due to premiere in 2018, with Way acting as an executive producer. Jeremy Slater will write the pilot script, and Steve Blackman is the showrunner.
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