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Here's How Long It Really Takes To Produce One Season Of The Umbrella Academy

Season 3 of "The Umbrella Academy" began streaming on Netflix on June 22. The live-action series is based on the comics and graphic novels of the same title created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. It follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes  — Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus, and Number Five — as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hargreeves' mysterious death, while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

The recognizable cast includes Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Colm Feore, Ritu Arya, Justin Cornwell, Britne Oldford, Jake Epstein, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David, Javon 'Wanna' Walton, and Jordan Claire Robbins. 

Ever wonder how long a season of "The Umbrella Academy" takes to create? Showrunner Steve Blackman has the answer.

Blackman says it takes longer than a year

During an interview with IndieWire, Blackman told Way, "It takes us 18 months to do a season." Popbuzz pointed out that Season 1 was released in February 2019, followed by Season 2 in late July 2020. 

Something else you might not know is that the creator gave an 18-page document to Blackman and his writers that spells out the entire narrative of the comic book. Way also revealed that "the goal for us is to stay ahead of the show."

When it comes to being faithful to that material, Blackman stated that "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."

Where can the show go next? Well, you have to pay attention to the timeline.