Bomback to unfurl 'Umbrella'


Mark Bomback is getting out his parasol for "The Umbrella Academy."

The scribe has been tapped to adapt the Dark Horse comic created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and set up at Universal. Dark Horse's Mike Richardson is producing with Scott Stuber.

The Umbrella Academy is a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father Reginald Hargreeves, an alien disguised as a wealthy entrepreneur. Hargreeves collected the group's members shortly after their birth and trained them to save the world; after his death, they carry on his plan.

The comic was released as a six-issue miniseries in 2007, winning an Eisner Award. A second miniseries is set to be published.

Way is executive producing the film project.

Bomback's writing credits include the DC Comics adaptation "Constantine," "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Race to Witch Mountain." Repped by Endeavor and Anonymous Content, the scribe also is working on "Unstoppable" at Fox, which Tony Scott recently signed to direct. (partialdiff)