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Universal, Dark Horse to Adapt Umbrella Academy

Universal Pictures, starting up their three-year deal with Dark Horse Comics, will make UMBRELLA ACADEMY into a feature film, per VARIETY.

UMBRELLA was created by Gerard Way, the lead singer of rock band My Chemical Romance, and will have a script by RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN's Mark Bomback.

First published in 2007 and spinning of a second series, the property is about a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father, who was an alien. They carry out his plan to save the world.

Founder and president of Dark Horse, Mike Richardson, will produce with Scott Stuber via his Stuber Productions. Pamela Abdy will oversee for the shingle and serve as producer. Way will exec produce. Scott Bernstein and Dave Targan will oversee the project for the studio.

Dark Horse's HELLBOY: THE GOLDEN ARMY was a successful Universal release last year, jumpstarting the relationship and giving Universal access to the comic book publisher's stories and characters. The deal also allows Dark Horse to have distribution to its film and TV projects, including ones they self-finance.

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