Universal Pictures has hired Dodgeball director Rawson Thurber to rewrite the screenplay for The Umbrella Academy, its adaptation of the acclaimed comic by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba, Deadline reports. Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain, Jack the Giant Killer) penned the first draft.
Debuting in 2007 from Dark Horse, the comic centers on the members of the Umbrella Academy, children with extraordinary abilities who, under the tutelage of their adoptive father Sir Reginald Hargreeves, spent their youth fighting crime as a dysfunctional family of superheroes. But then something went horribly, horribly wrong. Nine years later, the estranged siblings reunite for the funeral of their mentor and to face a terrible threat to the planet.
The first miniseries, Apocalypse Suite, won an Eisner award for best limited series. It was followed in 2008 by The Umbrella Academy: Dallas. Way said as early as 2009 that a third series, Hotel Oblivion, is in the works.
The film adaptation has been in development at Universal since 2008 as part of Dark Horse's first-look deal with the studio. R.I.P.D., based on the publisher's 2000 miniseries of the same name, begins production in September.