My Chemical Romance fans will want to get a Netflix subscription, because the streaming service is going into business with My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way. Netflix issued a press release on Tuesday revealing that it's turning Way's comic book "The Umbrella Academy" into a TV series.
The first season of "The Umbrella Academy" will consist of 10 episodes and begin streaming on Netflix sometime next year. No casting information was revealed yet, but Gerard Way will serve as a co-executive producer on the TV series while the pilot script has been written by Jeremy Slater, who also adapted FOX's small-screen follow-up "The Exorcist."
Though he fronted My Chemical Romance from 2001 to 2013, Way has been writing for comic books since 1993 and penning "The Umbrella Academy" since 2013. The project tells the story of a family of superheroes who are investigating the murder of the family's patriarch while also experiencing various clashes thanks to their incredibly different personalities and superpowers. You can learn more about the comic on publisher Dark Horse Comics' official website.
"I am thrilled that 'The Umbrella Academy' has found a home at Netflix," Way said in Tuesday's press release. "I couldn't think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Bá and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show."
This is the first time any of Way's outside projects have been adapted for television, though he did earn a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2013 for co-writing an episode of the children's program "The Aquabats Super Show."
Musically, he released a solo album called Hesitant Alien in 2014 that was more of a pop record and reached the number one spot on Billboard's Alternative Albums Chart. He hasn't produced another record since, though last year he did make available two previously unreleased tracks from Hesitant Alien as part of Record Store Day. He will play this year's Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds on Sept. 23; tickets are on sale now here.
While he may not be as active in the music industry as he once was, getting to bring his award-winning comic book series to television is a major step forward for Gerard Way - and perhaps he'll be able to create some original music for Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" as well. After all, the new project has yet to find a composer.
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