Gerard Way‘s (Yep, totally the dude from My Chemical Romance) 2008 Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy is in the hands of Universal Pictures simply waiting for its big screen adaptaion. They seems to value the project well enough as they just brought in, Rawsom Thurber (Dodgeball) for a rewrite. The first draft attempt was written by Mark Bomback.
The Umbrella Academy follows,
an adopted dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who are brought together by a mentor. As children, they defeat the Eiffel Tower when it’s turned into a laser-spewing structure by a zombie robot. In later installments of the comic, the kids disband but reunite as adults after their mentor is killed.
As you can see, it reads exactly like Dodgeball, so Thurber will do fine. Heh. Okay, not really fair. I can say this, I loved Dodgeball and still think it’s one of the funniest comedies in the passed ten years. But never in a hundred years would I have pegged it’s writer to take on the task of adapting The Umbrella Academy for film. Needless to say, I’m intrigued.
Any thoughts? This will be Universal’s second adaption of a Dark Horse comic, we already know RIPD is on it’s way towards production this September. Will either of these series find good homes at Universal?