Deadline is reporting that a second draft of The Umbrella Academy has been ordered by Universal Pictures. They’ve tapped Dodgeball writer/director Rawson Thurber for the rewrite. The film is an adaptation of the limited series written by Gerard Way, frontman for My Chemical Romance, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The official synopsis from the series:
In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.
The first miniseries, published in 2007, won an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series and was followed up by another miniseries the following year. A third run has been rumored since 2009.
Universal also has another Dark Horse property under their banner – the studio will begin production on RIPD in September.