It seems that wherever you turn these days, there’s a comic book adaptation looming. And with that in mind, it likely comes as no real surprise to hear that yet another adap is on the way.
This time, it’s Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s The Umbrella Academy that’s being brought to life, with Netflix having ordered a ten-episode series to premiere next year. As per Variety, Ellen Page has signed up to headline the show.
The early word on the series reads:
Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels, the series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin – as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
In The Umbrella Academy, Page – best known to genre fans for the likes of Hard Candy, Juno, Inception, Whip It, Super, the X-Men franchise and, err, the recent shoddy Flatliners remake – will be playing the black sheep of the family, Vanya. That’s a character described as “the only one of Reginald Hargreeves’ adopted children with no supernatural abilities. A meek and insecure wallflower, Vanya struggles to find her place in the world.”
As ever, expect more on this new series as it continues to develop.