On February 15, 2019, Netflix will release their adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. Fans of the Eisner-winning Dark Horse comics series, created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, take a deep breath– after a decade of false starts and movie adaptations that didn’t quite come to pass, our moment is finally here with the arrival of the series trailer.
The Umbrella Academy takes place in a stylized world that’s quite a bit like ours, but for one thing. One day in October, 1989, 43 children were born to women who had shown no signs of pregnancy at the beginning of the day. Enter Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an extravagantly wealthy entrepreneur and industrialist. He found and adopted seven of these children to save the world.
Of course, saving the world is a heavy burden to put on any kids– even if they do have superpowers. The family fell apart. One boy disappeared into the timestream. Another died. And now The Umbrella Academy are adults, not broken but certainly worse for wear. They’ve been brought together again in the wake of Hargreeves’ death and at last, they’ll have to live up to their father’s expectations because number Five has returned from his time jump with a solemn truth: the world is going to end in seven days.
The Umbrella Academy is executive produced by showrunner Steve Blackman alongside executive producers Jeff F. King, Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment. Way and Bá are also credited as co-executive producers. The series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige. The adaptation is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.