Deadline is reporting that “Dodgeball” director Rawson Thurber is rewriting the script and will return it to the forefront of Universal’s in-production projects. There’s no news yet on whether he will also end up directing the movie, or whether Universal will hire someone else once the script rewrite is complete.
The first draft of “The Umbrella Academy” was written by Mark Bomback back in 2009, but Universal seems to think a rewrite of the version by the “Live Free or Die Hard” screenwriter was in order.
Thurber might seem like a strange follow-up writer for the adaptation of Gerard Way’s comic book series, but it seems like maybe Universal felt the screenplay needed a bit more comedy and a bit less action from Bomback’s version. In addition to his work with “Dodgeball,” Thurber also wrote the upcoming “Tower Heist,” which is a crime action comedy.
“The Umbrella Academy” revolves around a group of adopted youngsters with strange powers who are raised and trained by an alien named Sir Reginald Hargreeves. They eventually disband and go their separate ways, but reunite as adults when Hargreeves is killed.
The comic book miniseries was well-received upon its release in 2007, and even went on to win an Eisner Award. Originally Alfonso Cuarón had been rumored to direct the adaptation, but now the director’s spot is still open.
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