Gerard Way Offers Update On THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Film Adaptation

Comic book writer and My Chemical Romance lead vocalist Gerard Way offers an update on the planned big screen adaptation of Dark Horse's The Umbrella Academy. He also says that the budget has been decreased.

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By Paul Romano - 12/18/2012


A couple of years ago, Universal Studios optioned a film adaptation of Dark Horse Comics' The Umbrella Academy, which was written by Gerard Way and drawn by Gabriel Bá. Mark Bomback (The Wolverine)was hired to write the script, but last year, it was reported that Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) was brought on board to re-write the screenplay. Speaking with Comics Alliance, Way offers an update on the big screen adaptation. "I'd say it's hanging out a little bit. Every once in awhile there's a burst of movement and it's kind of how I've noticed Hollywood works. There's a burst of movement and then a burst of nothing. We actually recently got a script and it's really great, so I think it's just a matter of waiting for [Universal Studios] wanting to take the risk on it."

When asked about the budget, he says that it's now smaller than it was originally. "Well the good news is that it's not as big as it was before, which actually takes a lot of the pressure off the storytelling in the script and made it so things could exist like Space[boy] still being half a Martian gorilla, Bobo still being a chimp - you know what I mean? Those are things that, when your budget starts to get higher and higher you notice that discussions will start to happen like, "Well, let's maybe phase some of this weird stuff out." So, your budget getting smaller is sometimes the best thing that can happen." To check out the rest of the interview with Way, click the source link below.

The Umbrella Academy follows the members of the titular group, a disbanded team of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father, "Sir Reginald Hargreeves". Hargreeves, an alien disguised as a famous entrepreneur, collected the members of the Umbrella Academy shortly after their birth and trained them to save the world from an unspecified threat. After his death, the members carry on his plan to save the world. [Via Wiki]









Source: Comics Alliance
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Hellsing - 12/18/2012, 1:44 PM
the series is [frick]ing great, what makes it stand out is its weirdness, so getting rid of that would be a wrong move.
TheSonicScrew - 12/18/2012, 2:06 PM
Such a good series, and I think after The Avengers and maybe even if Guardians of the Galaxy does well, Hollywood would see that this could be a great film.

Good that Way likes the script too!
Jollem - 12/18/2012, 2:55 PM
therj00 - 12/18/2012, 8:10 PM
This is one of my favorite comic series' of all time. That being said, I'm not sure if its film-able. Maybe a cg animated film is a better choice, although it'd be tough to draw in crowds.
ImnotDaredevil - 12/18/2012, 10:52 PM
Would love to see this made!
DemonicJoker666 - 12/19/2012, 9:31 AM
I would love to see this movie, Gerard is my hero!!!!!!!!!!
Niuhll - 12/19/2012, 12:16 PM
Great writer. Awful band.

Would really like to see this film and get the third volume to the series that keeps never happening.

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