Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, the ten-part drama tracks an ensemble of adopted misfits. After the death of their foster father, the siblings – who have been estranged since they were teenagers – are forced to reunite to ward off an incoming apocalypse.
Ending onan explosive cliffhanger, there’s no shortage of material for a second run, with Way and Ba already planning eight instalments of their comic book series.
But will there be a second batch of Netflix episodes? Here’s everything you need to know…
Will there be a second season of The Umbrella Academy?
While Netflix is yet to officially comment on a recommission, both showrunner Steve Blackman and comics writer Way are optimistic about the streaming platform giving the green light to make more episodes.
“If we’re so lucky to get another season or 2, I’d have a really good understanding of what I’d want to do,” Blackman told RadioTimes.com.” I’ve already thought it through. We’ve had a great cliffhanger ending and I have a good sense of where we go from there.”
Way is also determined to avoid the Netflix series overtaking the comic books – as has happened with the latter series of Game of Thrones.
“The goal for us is to stay ahead of the show,” Way said, “and since we’re on series three [of the comics], we are now ahead of the show. So that’s a good thing. The idea with the comic is to go right from series three, take a three-to-four-month break, then go right into series four. That is kind of our schedule to keep us on track. So there is story there and it’s all planned out.”
The first two volumes of The Umbrella Academy were published back to back in 2008, before there was a 10-year break while Way focused on other projects.
The Umbrella Academy
But if we are going to get a second series of The Umbrella Academy, we’re not likely to receive it until the end of 2020 at the earliest, with Blackman saying it takes “around 18 months” to make each series.
Who would be in the cast of the second season of The Umbrella Academy?
**WARNING: contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy series one**
The final episode sees the Umbrella Academy band together against their sibling Vanya (Ellen Page) to stop her in her mission to try and destroy the world with her apocalyptic fire.
But in a twist, she destroys the moon which rains world-killing fragments down onto Earth.
It is down to the quick-thinking of Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) that the Academy are saved, as he pulls them back in time to when they were teenagers to try and and stop the apocalypse from when they were younger.
The Umbrella Academy
It is therefore unclear whether we will see any of the current cast, which also includes Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Robert Sheehan, return, or whether they’ll be swapped out for a younger line-up.
What would the plot be in the second series of The Umbrella Academy?
If Blackman follows the comic book series exactly, the second series will see the surviving members of the Academy, stuck in the past, attempt to change the course of history and prevent the end of the world by assassinating John F Kennedy (who, as it turns out, was not assassinated in the world that Number 5, Spaceboy and co inhabit).
Way has already given Blackman an 18-page document that spells out the narrative of the comic book.
But Way adds he has a “mutual respect” for Blackman should he feel the need to make changes to the screenplay.
“It’s cool because Steve is super respectful of the source material and asks me questions and sometimes, he’ll ask me to help solve problems. Then, at the same time, he’s going, and because there’s a mutual respect, he’s going and making changes and I’m supporting those changes,” Way said. “I want him to feel free to tell the story he wants.”
“The goal is not to diverge. Not everything translates from the graphic novel page to the screen, but there’s a legion of fans and I want to bring in a whole new legion of fans who’ve never read the graphic novel, so the goal is not to just go off in our own direction,” Blackman said. “I like Gerard and Gabriel’s ideas so much, the goal is keep on trucking behind them, beside them.
“Things will deviate, but the goal is to try to be true to the source material.”
The Umbrella Academy is available to stream on Netflix now
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