Gerard Way Gives An ‘Umbrella Academy’ Movie Update

Three years have passed since the release of “The Umbrella Academy: Dallas,” the second and most recent entry in Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse comic book series about a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. It hasn’t been quite that long since we last heard an update on the film adaptation of “Umbrella Academy” — it was reported in 2011 that Rawson Thurber was taking a crack at the script. But what’s the latest on the project?

“I’d say it’s hanging out a little bit,” Way said of the “Umbrella Academy” movie in an interview with Comics Alliance. “Every once in a while 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.”

As for the budget of the film, Way said it’s actually not quite as big as some might expect. “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.”

For much more on “Umbrella Academy” and beyond, read the full Comics Alliance interview with Way and Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie by clicking here.

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