The Umbrella Academy Showrunner Didn’t Get Everything He Wanted In Season 3

by Netflix Umbrella Academy went to wild places – the moon, the past, an alternate future, a tattoo parlor run by a chimpanzee. The only place he couldn’t go was Japan.

Showrunner Steve Blackman hoped that in Season 3, The Umbrella Academy the show could go to Japan, much like some of the characters did in the graphic novel.

“Obviously COVID shut that down,” Blackman told Polygon of the attempts to shoot in Japan.

Ultimately, it became another example of how Blackman chose to deviate from the comics arc, forging his own path for the Netflix version of the Hargreeves.

“We’ve come to accept that the series and the graphic novel can co-exist, and they don’t have to be identical,” Blackman told Polygon. “As much as I still want to be inspired by the graphic novel, […] there are things that go places that are almost impossible to translate on television.

He’s aware that his show’s interpretation of Hotel Oblivion — a rather brief affair, even with the very memorable (and disturbing) samurai bug — isn’t as close as some “purists” would like. But now that the Umbrella Academy books have been overtaken by the series (volume 4 will cover Sparrow Academy and has yet to be published), he thinks there’s room for not just both to exist, but to build one on the other.

“[Gerard Way]has places it’s going to go with the next graphic novel — and I know a little about that,” Blackman says. “We’ve come to this really wonderful kind of understanding where the two media are symbiotic. He often finds where he often finds that some of the things we do influence where he goes the graphic novel, and of course we’re all inspired by everything he does. So it became a really fun collaborative relationship with him.

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