Superheroes have been going in a decidedly scary direction lately. Hellboy is getting a gory, R-rated makeover and the upcoming X-Men spin-off The New Mutants has been described, in part, as a haunted house movie. But today we’ve got casting news about another spooky-flavoured comic book project, The Umbrella Academy, Adaptated from the Dark Horse comic series The Umbrella Academy was created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, and illustrated by Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Two Brothers).
The graphic novels follow the super-powered adopted children of entrepreneur Reginald Hargreeves, who’s really just an alien in disguise. In the 1970s-set story, the now grown Hargreeves children re-unite years after Reginald’s death, plus a new threat from someone they’re already familiar with. Vanya is supposedly the only Hargreeves child without super-powers, and thus feels a bit alienated from her siblings.
Page, whose last film was the remake Flatliners, is the first to be cast in the upcoming Netflix series, according to Deadline. Steve Blackman, who’s been a producer on Fargo and Legion, is the executive producer and showrunner of the series. Jeremy Slater, who created TV’s The Exorcist and co-wrote Adam Wingard’s Death Note, is writing the pilot episode. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment also hold executive producing credits.
For the record, this is the latest attempt to bring the critically-acclaimed Umbrella Academy to the big, or small screen. The project was first developed by Universal Studios in 2010 with a screenplay by The Wolverine and War for the Planet of the Apes scribe Mark Bomback. The TV series was first announced in July 2015 as a joint venture between Universal Cable Productions and Netflix.
The Umbrella Academy will debut on Netflix sometime in 2018.