Netflix had itself a notable July 11. In one day, news broke of two new shows coming to the streaming platform: One, Safe, will star Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, while the other, Umbrella Academy, will be based off a comic book series created by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.
Safe, which will arrive at some point in 2018, is a thriller co-produced by Netflix and France’s Canal+. It will star Hall as a pediatric surgeon whose life changes dramatically after a murder and disappearance. The show’s cast and crew contain several other notables. Amanda Abbington, best known to American audiences for her role in Sherlock, will co-star alongside Hall, author Harlan Coben will serve as Safe’s main creative force, and Shameless’ Danny Brocklehurst will pen the script.
Umbrella Academy is also tentatively set for a 2018 release. It will be adapt Way’s creation and collaborator Gabriel Bá’s illustrations to tell a streaming version of their story. The central figures in the show will be a group of superheroes who band together to investigate the murder of their estranged father.
“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix, in a press release. “These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe.”
Netflix’s big day also included an update about one of its most popular originals. Stranger Things, which emerged as a sleeper hit upon its July 2016 arrival, has received an October 27 premiere date for its second season.