Rawson Marshal Thurber says he wrote his guts out putting together a script worthy of Umbrella Academy — the graphic novel by Gerard Way that features a dysfunctional family of superheroes.
But now he thinks the story is simply too unique to be made into a film anytime soon.
He told Spinoff Online:
Umbrella Academy is far and away the best script I’ve ever written, and my personal favorite book, graphic novel. I just thought what Gerard Way did and Gabriel Bá was nothing short of art, and I wrote my guts out trying to write a script that was worthy of what they did.
I think ultimately, on the feature side, I don’t think there’s much hope for that movie to get made. It was just I think too challenging – which seems sort of strange to say in a world in which every third movie is a superhero movie. But just, I think this one might have been a bridge too far, and the thing that makes Umbrella Academy so special and so unique, in order to spend that kind of money to make a movie, most financiers would want to round off the edges and change the thing that makes it so special, to kind of make it fit into a different box.
While the film may currently be going nowhere, there is a TV project in the works with Universal Television. Said Thurber, “There might be hope on the television side, dot dot dot.”
Nine years after parting ways, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers, must figure out how to work together to save the world. Created by Gerard Way (lead singer of “My Chemical Romance”, and writer of “The True Lies of the Fabulous Killjoys”) and Gabriel Ba (Daytripper); Bluegrass films is also attached to executive produce.