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Umbrella Academy

Three years have passed since the release of "The Umbrella Academy: Dallas," the second and most recent entry in Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Dark Horse comic book series about a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. It hasn't been quite that long since we last heard an update on the film adaptation of "Umbrella Academy" — it was reported in 2011 that Rawson Thurber was taking a crack at the script. But what's the latest on the project?

"I'd say it's hanging out a little bit," Way said of the "Umbrella Academy" movie in an interview with Comics Alliance. "Every once in a while there's a burst of movement and it's kind of how I've noticed Hollywood works. There's a burst of movement and then a burst of nothing. We actually recently got a script and it's really great, so I think it's just a matter of waiting for [Universal Studios] wanting to take the risk on it."

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Scott Allie & SidScott Allie is a Senior Managing Editor at Dark Horse Comics, and works with such writers and artists as My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon, and "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola. In this guest blog, Allie talks about the challenges and rewards when it comes to working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and above all else, his love of the medium.

I love telling stories, and I’m lucky to get to spend the majority of my day making sure that stories are told well. That’s how I see my job -- trying to get stories told through a medium that I find incredibly compelling, and not reduced to a poor science. There are not focus groups for comics. It’s a medium that is still being figured out, one comic at a time, with nothing but possibility in front of us practicing it.

I get involved in telling stories in lots of different ways. I get to write some—I’m writing a series based on Robert E. Howard’s "Solomon Kane" right now, in which I’m playing around with the idea of faith—I was born to parents who had no interest in religion, grew up atheist, and have finally found some point of connection only through the writing of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. In Kane, I can play with the grandiose language of the Bible while telling a story about fighting monsters. Read More...

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