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Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy comic lands live-action Netflix adaptation

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Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy comic book series is going to be adapted into a 10-episode live-action drama for Netflix set to premiere in 2018, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

Written by the My Chemical Romance singer and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy follows a group of unconventional superheroes as they investigate their father’s death, encountering obstacles along the way. Since debuting in 2007, it has received critical acclaim and won an Eisner Award, a coveted accolade in the comics world, in 2008.

“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual, and stylized,” Netflix’s vice president of original content Cindy Holland said in a statement. “These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe.”

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Fargo‘s Steve Blackman will serve as showrunner and executive producer, while The Exorcist alum Jeremy Slate is penning the pilot script.

Although Way, also executive-producing, is most known for his music — he fronted My Chemical Romance until the band’s breakup in 2013; he released a solo album titled Hesitant Alien in 2014 — he’s been devoting more time to comics in recent years, notably writing for Marvel’s Edge of Spider-verse in 2014 and a Doom Patrol series for DC Comics in 2016.

See the artwork for the Umbrella Academy series via Way’s Instagram above.