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Umbrella Academy opens at Universal

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A movie based on the comic book series The Umbrella Academy is in the early formative stages at Universal Pictures. Based on the trippy superhero comic book created by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, Universal has signed screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Constantine) to pen the adaptation.

The first Umbrella academy mini-series was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2007 and introduced the six person team. The story tells of how a number of children were born with superhuman powers around the world and how one man found seven of the youngsters. He made the Umbrella Academy to raise the children and train them to use their abilities to save the world. The comic's central storyline is set when the children are now grown adults and disbanded, with one of their number fallen in battle. The remaining Academy siblings must put aside their disagreements with each other when one of them becomes a villain and is hellbent on destroying the world.

The president of Dark Horse Comics, Mike Richardson, will produce the film with Scott Stuber. Gerard Way gets an executive producer credit. A second Umbrella Academy mini-series has just wrapped up publication.

-Variety.

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