Netflix’s popular original series will return for a third season. Filming for the new 10-episode season is expected to begin in February.
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Fans of My Chemical Romance frontman and comic book writer Gerard Way can rejoice, as Netflix is bringing “The Umbrella Academy,” the streamer’s original screen adaptation of the popular Dark Horse Comics series Way co-created, back for another bow.
Netflix announced the renewal of its black comedy superhero series on Tuesday. The third season, which will consist of 10 episodes with each running approximately an hour in length, is expected to begin production in Toronto this February.
Steve Blackman returns as executive producer and showrunner, while Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Colm Feore and Ritu Arya are set to reprise their roles from past seasons.
The first season of “The Umbrella Academy” debuted on Netflix in February 2019. The show is structured around a group of gifted children who are adopted by an eccentric billionaire named Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who (sort of) raises the kids and molds them into his own version of the X-Men. Season one revolves around adult versions of the kids trying to stop an apocalypse, while the second season, which was released this past July, immediately follows with the heroes in the aftermath determining they must travel through time to Dallas in the 1960s for reasons that won't be spoiled here.
Created for the screen by Blackman, the show is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), with Dark Horse Entertainment and Borderline Entertainment.
“The Umbrella Academy” is based on the Eisner Award-winning comic book series of the same name. Written by Way with co-creator Gabriel Bá providing art, the Dark Horse book started in 2007 with limited series “The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite.” The popularity of the comic quickly led to a six-issue sequel, “Dallas,” which the second season of the show drew inspiration from. A third volume, titled “Hotel Oblivion,” ran from 2018-19. A fourth arc of the comic was announced this past summer, and issues of spinoff limited series “Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death” are being distributed to comic book stores monthly with Way as co-writer.
Way and Bá serve as executive producers of the Netflix show, along with Jeff F. King, Keith Goldberg and Mike Richardson. “The Umbrella Academy” is considered an evergreen comic series, meaning most reputable comic shops try to regularly keep copies in stock. The comics are also available digitally from Oregon-based Dark Horse.