The multi-talented Gerard Way looks to be about to add television to the ever-lengthening list of creative pursuits he’s been involved in. We all know Gerard as the former-frontman of seminal emo idea My Chemical Romance, but since the untimely end of MCR in 2013 he’s turned his attention to comic books (as well as a successful solo musical career).
Back in 2007, Gerard released The Umbrella Academy through Dark Horse Comics alongside Gabriel Ba. The Umbrella Academy has been rumoured for years to be being shopped around to studios for a film adaptation (most notably to Universal), but according to Splash Report the story has been picked up by Netflix to be produced as a television series.
The Pilot has been written by screenwriter Jeremy Slater, who has said of the project:
“I definitely wrote the pilot for The Umbrella Academy. I think it’s really exciting. I think it’s really surprising and funny. I took the job because I’m such an immense fan of what Gerard [Way] and Gabriel [Ba] did with that book. It’s one of those things where I would rather be the guy to screw it up than sit back and let someone else come in and do the bad adaptation. So, I was really adamant about taking the job, but the only way I was going to do it was if I could make it weird and make it true to the spirit of the book. There’s a lot of weird shit in The Umbrella Academy, and it would be very easy to sand down some of those weird edges and make it more familiar to American audiences. I’m fighting very hard to not let that happen. We’re shopping around the pilot, at the moment. We’re trying to find the right home for it and trying to find someone as excited as we are.”
Word on the street is the official announcement is set to happen at San Diego Comic Con, which is happening later this month. Watch this space.