Gerard Way’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’: the movie

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Now in its second volume, entitled ‘Dallas’, ‘The Umbrella Academy’ concerns a dysfunctional family of superheroes who unite after years of estrangement to save the world.

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The film version of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is the subject of fevered speculation. A 2012 release date has been discussed online. Persistent rumours that ‘Children Of Men’ director Alfonso Cuaron would be involved led him to rule himself out, telling MTV News: "I like ‘The Umbrella Academy’, but I’m not associated with it."
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Hollywood’s embrace of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ represents the realisation of a long-held dream for Gerard Way. A former student at New York’s School Of Visual Arts, his initial ambition was to be a comic book artist – he even did work experience at DC Comics. However, the shock of watching the planes hit the Twin Towers in September 2001 convinced him to quit his job and form a band.
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Pick up the new issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday 18 February, to read the exclusive story behind Gerard Way’s foray into Hollywood movie-making. "It’s a pretty big reality," he tells us. "The film got optioned a couple of weeks before San Diego Comic-Con [July 2008] by Universal Pictures."

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The success of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has led to a lengthy hiatus for My Chemical Romance. Frontman Gerard Way’s current priority is completing issue six of the second volume of his comic-book series. Only when that is complete will be turn his attention to the band’s fourth album, the follow-up to 2006’s ‘The Black Parade’.

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Despite the delays to My Chemical Romance’s recording schedule caused by Gerard Way’s comic-book work, the frontman is still confident an album will emerge this year. "My feeling is that it’s going to be a lot straighter [than ‘The Black Parade’], not so narrative-heavy," he explains in the new issue of NME.
Pic: Dean Chalkey

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The plot of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ involves seven orphans raised by Sir Reginald Hargreaves, an alien disguised as a wealthy entrepreneur, who raises them as a pushy superhero dad. All seven siblings have their own distinct superpowers. At the end of the first series, they unite to play the Apocalypse Suite, a symphony that threatens to destroy the world.
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For the full exclusive story behind ‘The Umbrella Academy’ movie, and how it impacts on the future of My Chemical Romance, pick up the new issue of NME, on sale in London from Tuesday 17 February, and the rest of the UK from Wednesday 18 February.
Pic: Dean Chalkley

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"Movies take two or three years to make, but I’m told we should be expecting it to happen pretty soon." So says My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way of the upcoming movie adaptation of his graphic novel series ‘The Umbrella Academy’. Find out more in the new issue of NME.

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