'Umbrella Academy' Comic Become 'Umbrella Academy' Movie, Of Course

April 8, 2009

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Umbrella Academy, the Gerard Way-created, Eisner Award-winning comic I long resisted reading entirely because it was created by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, is headed for movie town:

Universal Pictures is planning to make "Umbrella Academy" the first project to come out of its three-year production pact with Dark Horse Comics. Mark Bomback, who wrote Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain," has been tapped to pen the adaptation of the book series, created by Gerard Way, the lead singer of band My Chemical Romance.

"Umbrella Academy," which bowed in 2007 and spawned a second series, revolves around a disbanded group of seven superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father, an alien disguised as a famous entrepreneur, and carry out his plan to save the world.

We'll see how audiences only marginally embraced Hellboy will respond to a stylized world with a talking chimp, time traveling child, and a man with his head steampunk-fitted to a gorilla body. I'm guessing not that well, but good luck Race to Witch Mountain Writer.

Universal to make 'Academy' film [Variety]

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