Buckle up for more time-traveling comic book content from Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant issued a 10-episode renewal order for The Umbrella Academy, which is based on the Eisner-Award-winning comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin Min will all reprise their roles for the new season, with additional casting announcements still to come.
Meanwhile, Way and Bá have eight graphic novels planned at Dark Horse Comics. The third series of the bunch, Hotel Oblivion, concludes June 5 with issue #7. The volume three TPB, collecting the full arc, is expected in September.
“The idea is not to deviate too much [from the source material],” Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman told THR. “We want to stay on course with what the comics are doing, and having that plan ahead of time allows us to set some things up now for later seasons, things that you’ll see and later be like, ‘Oh, I get that now, they did that for this reason.’ That’s what we’re thinking ahead to.”
Blackman will return as showrunner for season two alongside executive producers Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and co-executive producers Way and Bá. Filming will pick up this summer in Toronto.
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