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Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's 'The Umbrella Academy' coming to Netflix

By Sheri Elfman
Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's 'The Umbrella Academy' coming to Netflix
Gerard Way with My Chemical Romance performs in concert on the Honda Civic Tour at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Fla. on September 23, 2011. "The Umbrella Academy, his graphic novel series with illustrator Gabriel Ba, is coming to Netflix. File Photo by Michael Bush/UPI | License Photo

July 12 (UPI) -- The Umbrella Academy, the award-winning comic and graphic novel series created by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Ba, is coming to Netflix in 2018 as a 10-episode live action series.

The Eisner award-winning series, published by Dark Horse Comics, follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes, known as The Umbrella Academy, which includes The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Seance, Number Five, The Horror and The White Violin -- as they work together to solve their father's death while coming apart at the seams due to their differing personalities and abilities.

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"I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn't think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show," said Gerard Way.

The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).

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