“The Umbrella Academy” director to take the helm of Netflix’s Horizon Zero Dawn show

Robert Collins

PlayStation’s Horizon Zero Dawn franchise is one of the latest to be getting the television adaptation treatment. While there still aren’t many concrete details surrounding the upcoming Netflix Horizon show, we now know that Steve Blackman will be the showrunner of the series.

Blackman is known for directing “The Umbrella Academy,” another Netflix show based on the comic series of the same name. The show was just renewed for its fourth and final season. As part of his newly-signed multi-year deal Blackman will also be involved in the making of “Orbital”—a thriller series set on the titular International Space Station.

In his statement on the deal Blackman said,

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ and ‘Orbital’ are elevated, event-level projects grounded in characters that fans will love and relate to, which are hallmarks of Irish Cowboy productions. We’re thrilled to be working with Netflix and all of our partners on developing these ground-breaking stories.

Horizon Zero Dawn and its 2022 follow-up Horizon Forbidden West are set in a far-future, post-cataclysmic open world teeming with colossal machine creatures—remnants of the technological horrors that brought the world to the brink of complete destruction.

Back in late June it was reported by IGN that the show would feature Aloy as the protagonist (as she is in the games), and that it would officially be titled “Horizon 2074.” If this proves to be accurate, that would most likely set it sometime during the fall of civilization that happens 1,000 years before Horizon Zero Dawn. The show is in the early stages of development and currently has no release date.

Featured image courtesy of polygon.com.