The official trailer for the television series based on the glorious graphic novel The Umbrella Academy is out and it should make fans of the original books very happy. When interviewed about the series, author Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Ba were concerned that they would lose fans of the book series if the material wasn’t handled well. They had to balance the desire to respect the source material while creating a show that would ignite a new fan base. They speak of this in their interview with Collider magazine.
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
The cast of the film also feels the pressure of respecting the existing fandom while creating realistic and compelling characters.
The series premieres on February 19th and will consist of ten episodes.