The big screen adaption of the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel The Umbrella Academy in development at Universal is getting a new writer. Dodgeball director Rawson Thurber will be taking a pass at the film’s screenplay. There is no word yet if Thurber is a possibility to direct as well.
In other news, the big screen adaption of the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel The Umbrella Academy is still in development at Universal.
The last time we had heard of this project was back in 2009 when the script then currently at the studio made that year’s Black List of the best unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood. That draft was written by Mark Bomback , who also authored Live Free Or Die Hard and Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack The Giant Killer. With no new word on the project for almost two years, I had begun to think that the project was dead.
The title was created by writer Gerard Way, perhaps better known as the lead singer from the band My Chemical Romance, and artist Gabriel Bá. It’s story centers on a dysfunctional family of superheroes who find themselves fighting rather strange threats to the planet. In the first miniseries, titled Apocalypse Suite, finds the group racing to stop the performance of a musical composition which could destroy the world.
The first miniseries won an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Limited Series.