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Why The Umbrella Academy Is Ranked In The Top 10 On Netflix

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The Umbrella Academy is in the top 10 and isn’t all that new to Netflix. In fact, the first episode aired in February 2019. But the series – has released its second season and has started to gain a huge following.

Why the sudden hype?

The answer lies in the quirky traits of its production. Its seamless ability to reach out to the nihilistic culture which appears to have engulfed the world.


To the naïve viewer, The Umbrella Academy may seem like another superhero narrative. But the Netflix adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics stories is far from the realms of DC and Marvel.


Having thrown the most random visuals, effects, music and plotlines into a pot of connected but partly inept episodes and hoped for the best. What’s more? It seems to have worked a treat for the particular fans it calls to.


Over the past decade, many comic narratives have been adapted into a live-action series. But most of these have fallen by the wayside. Sky’s ‘The Flash’ started off with a large fanbase but quickly dissolved into an endless stream of “samey” plots. Marvels Agents of Shield appears to have run its course over time. Similarly, Supergirl, which started out as a ‘kick-ass, girl power’ series soon turned boring and repetitive. Yet, The Umbrella Academy has transformed this ‘groundhog day’ of live-action instalments on its head and shaken the genre up.

The premise

The top 10 Netflix series, based on the original comics The Umbrella Academy revolves around seven of 43 children. All who were born at the same time during the mid-20th century with no warning. All bearing extortionary superpowers. The Monocle (Sir Reginald Hargreaves) adopted seven of the marvels soon after their birth. He would train them against an unspecified threat to the world. They are all ranked by their power value and named as such. Though, after 10 years the group split, only to reunite years later.

Remarkably, the mastermind behind the original comic series is My Chemical Romance lead vocalist Gerard Way. Way has had a long history with comic writing, especially during the band’s “breakthrough” years. In an interview with the Dark Horse All-Stars panel at this year’s Comic-Con, Way recalled he “went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City”. Where he also took part in an internship with DC in his senior year. He resumed with how he completely shook-up the comic world deviating from the “continuity” of mainstream writing. Developing a plot that, as he put it, “throw[s] people right into the story.” It’s obvious that the original script lacks the usual direct approach which most comics take. For example, the concept of time is varied between scenes and not just the plot’s close relationship with time travel.


The first comic issue ‘Apocalypse Suite 1’ tells the tale of how The Umbrella Academy came to be. And how the 10-year-old siblings stop an attack on The Eiffel Tower, the plot then morphs to 20 years later, after the group have split.


Further publishes contain plots of time travelling, quite a feat for an illustrated comic. Though, for the Netflix series, it’s not just the story that reflects randomness at a whole new level. Directors Jeff F. King and Peter Hoar have created an on-screen adaption. With a range of special effects and bizarre music choices that are set to provide visual whiplash.


The show’s music selection is only one aspect to its success, and although it may seem insignificant, it sets the mood for the whole premise.

The Soundtrack

Fight scenes in superhero films are often loud, upbeat and fiercely reflect the scene’s tone. But The Umbrella Academy takes a different approach. It uses songs such as Backstreet Boys “Everybody”, completely disarming the viewer who looks upon Allison in a bloody battle with The Swedes, and Klaus attempting to push Ben out of his body, all while the popular 90s classic bops in the background. Kiss’ “I Was Made For Loving You” is another choice that reflects another fight scene between Five, Diago, Lila and The Swedes. It shouldn’t work, it should completely off-set the event, but, it only adds to the whole appeal.


On Netflix The Umbrella Academy isn’t the first to have sported some concepts of the ‘Quintin Tarantino effect’. Giving the audience visual trauma through the art of arbitrary graphics vs sounds. Deadpool is also known for this method. But this technique becomes the only goal, emulating the idea that the story has no meaningful premise. Though that isn’t quite true, the story does evolve, In fact, it advances in several different directions, then reverses back on itself.

Cast

The show boasts a great cast too. So much so that you often find yourself pausing the first episode mid-scene just to hit up IMDB to work out where you may have seen them before. From Juno’s Ellen Page (Vanya) to Game of Thrones actor Tom Harper (Luther), the cast is intense, witty but above all, 100% entertaining. The show even gifts us with Mary J Blige’s acting talents.


It’s an epic show to behold, and something completely different from what we have previously seen. If Stranger Things delves into our deep sense of nostalgia, then The Umbrella Academy on Netflix is most definitely a sneak-peek at a whole realm of cinematography yet to be discovered.


It’s no wonder, then, that The Umbrella Academy has made it to Netflix’s top 10 for the whole of 2020 within the first 30 days of the second season’s release.


Alas, The Umbrella Academy has not yet been renewed for a third season. But with the comics consisting of three volumes, it’s possible that Netflix will order another series soon and the show will be back in the top 10.


How do you think season 3 will unravel? Let us know in the comments below.


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It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.

1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021

You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022

This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.

3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022

The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.

4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022

Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.

5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022

Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.

6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022

Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.

7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022

The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.

8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022

AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.

9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.

10. Ninth House – TBD

Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.

11. They Both Die at the End – TBD

When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.

12. The Selection – TBD

A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.

13. The Red Queen – TBD

Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.

14. Blackout – TBD

Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.

15. Long Way Down – TBD

Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.


That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.


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