While the news that Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s The Umbrella Academy is set to become a movie didn’t particularly surprise us, the more that we hear of Way’s ideas about the cinematic version of his dysfunctional superfamily, the more we’re convinced that the movie has the potential to be the greatest superhero movie ever. Why? Because, as Way explains, “Everything about [Umbrella Academy] has been making the less-obvious choices.”We’ve Harold and Maude meets the X-Men”:
I said going into the meetings that this film has to be really progressive. It can’t simply be the next opportunity for a video game. In the way that ‘The Dark Knight’ made its own rules, it needs to have its own energy... Everything about the movie has to interlock properly. I want the music to be just right. I want [Sweeney Todd costume designer] Colleen Atwood to do the costumes. She’s never done a super-hero. We actually had a meeting long before the Universal meeting when I first really heard about the possibility of the film. It was one of the first things I did, right away. What will make the project special is the people that work on it.
One of those people? Way himself:
They want me to be very involved in it. I’m interested in co-scoring it with somebody too. Something like RJ-D2. Something completely different. Do you know what I mean? I think everything he does has an interesting ‘60s vibe. It almost has that dystopian ‘The Prisoner’ feel to it.
So, let’s go over this: Namechecking The Prisoner, Harold and Maude and the X-Men, Juno, RJ-D2 and Tim Burton’s costume designer? Is there anything that could make this movie (of an already impressive comic) more awesome? Oh, yeah, that’s right: One of the members of the team has a gorilla’s body instead of his own:
The second series of the comic, Umbrella Academy: Dallas launches next month. The movie is currently aiming for a 2011 release. Gerard Way on the ‘Umbrella Academy’ movie: ‘I don’t want it to be ‘Harry Potter’’ [Hero Complex]