The Umbrella Academy: Trade 1 – Apocalypse Suite
Based on the Comic Book Series by Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way
Screenplay by Austin Maggs
INT. ARENA, WRESTLING RING – NIGHT
Several angry and excited fans cheer on opposite opponents. The “face” wrestler is a muscular man, built like the hulk. This is TUSSLIN’ TOM.
The “heel” wrestler is not human. The crowd boos the heel. A seven-foot-long tentacle swings across the ring and smacks Tom out of the ring.
The audience chants, “Let’s go Tom!”
The REFEREE isn’t counting Tom, in favor of him.
The heel opponent is revealed to be a large alien squid with razor-sharp teeth and tentacles with a glue-type substance covering the tentacles. This is RIGEL.
The referee picking favorites outrages Rigel. One of Rigel’s tentacles forcefully wraps itself around the referee. He screams in panic. Rigel brings the referee closer and bites down over the top of his body.
Blood sprays, covering the ring mat with puddles of blood. Blood sprinkles mildly onto audience members in the front row.
Tom smirks at the monster. He is covered in the referee’s blood.
You think that’s supposed to scare me!?
Tom digs his arms deep in the apron under the ring. He pulls out a steel chair with barbed wire wrapped tightly over it.
Rigel’s tentacles try to smack Tom but tom impales the wired chair into the tentacle. The tentacle is stuck onto the chair as Tom ties it in between the ring ropes.
Rigel screams in monstrous pain.
Tom them draws a baseball bat from under the ring as Rigel continues to try to free is restrained tentacle. Tom reenters the ring and takes a forceful swing to Rigel’s head, followed by another. Rigel squirms in pain.
Green blood is splattering from Rigel’s skull onto Tom.
The crowd grows wilder with more chants.
Rigel appears to be bloodied and half dead. Tom drops the bat and taunts to the crowd, gaining more cheers. He steps onto the turnbuckle of the ring and delivers a big frog-splash finisher.
A second REFEREE enters and counts to three. Rigel doesn’t answer the count and Tom wins. He celebrates his victory with the crowd and his handed a championship belt.
Tom’s entrance theme, “I’m your Boogieman” by Rob Zombie plays loudly throughout the arena.
Here is your winner… TUSSLIN’ TOM!
The screen PAUSES, focusing on a picture of Tom holding the belt around his shoulder.
A narrator with a smooth, older, and mildly creepy voice (similar to Malcolm McDowell’s) begins to speak.
It was the same year Tusslin’ Tom Gurney knocked out the space squid Rigel from Rigel X9. It happened at 9:38 PM. It came from a frog splash dive. And in that moment, without warning, and in an occurrence of complete coincidence-
INT. SUBWAY TRAIN (MOVING) – NIGHT
CLOSE IN – a crying newborn covered in slime and blood lays helpless on the floor of the train.
Forty-three extraordinary children were born.
PULL OUT – the passengers appear to either not notice or not care.
To mostly single women, who had shown no signs of pregnancy, in seemingly random locations around the world.
An old Einstein look-alike, SIR REGINALD HARGREEVES AKA THE MONOCLE, picks up the baby and wraps a blanket around it. The baby’s cries quiet down.
The man smiles and talks to the baby.
You’re an extraordinary child. Yes you are!
The baby looks at Monocle and recognizes him as a father.
This man here is Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a.k.a. The Monocle. A world-renowned scientist and wealthy entrepreneur.
EXT. EGYPT – DAY
The sun is beautiful but produces hot heat over several hard workers.
EXT. EGYPT, PIT – DAY
Monocle is shown defeating an opponent in a friendly round of fencing.
A tall body-builder-type bodyguard, ABHIJAT watches in the corner while sipping on a glass of water.
Inventor of the Televator, the Levitator, the Mobile Communicator, and Clever Crisp Cereal, Reginald Hargreeves was also an Olympic gold medallist and recipient of the Nobel Prize for his cerebral advancement of the chimpanzee.
INT. HOME, MONOCLE’S BATHROOM – NIGHT
White walls with a green tiled floor. A wide mirror is placed in the main wall, covering the entire space above the sink.
Monocle approaches his sink. He digs his fingers into the skin under his chin.
The mask of what appears to be Monocle’s face is sat over a stack of magazines on the septic tank of the toilet.
No one knew their beloved scientist was a space alien.
EXT. AIRSTRIP – DUSK
The sun sets over a private and deserted airstrip. A lit space vessel waits in the middle as the entrance platform slides down. Monocle and Abhijat run up the platform in a hurry.
The platform closes. The vessel takes off.
For reasons unknown, Sir Reginald ser out with his bodyguard Abhijat aboard his private vessel, The Minerva… rumored to be powered by the remains of King Amen-Kharej IV. Using methods undisclosed, he sought to track down and adopt as many of the children as he could.
INT. HOSPITAL, NEWBORN CARE CENTER
Various shots of seven white glass cribs. Each contains a newborn with a mask covering their eyes. Two infants are pale, one is bald, one has white hair, and the other three appear to be normal looking (other than the mask).
He only found seven of them-
INT. PRESS CONFERENCE – DAY
Dozens of news anxiously curious reporters surround a very calm Monocle. Pictures are being constantly taken of him.
From Monocle’s back view, the crowd of reporters grows bigger and bigger with more questions. Monocle sits there, appearing determined.
Wiping their identities and concealing the children from the world, Sir Reginald held a press conference in Stockholm in which journalist Cosimo De’Lostromo from Milan asked, “Why have you adopted these seven children?”
EXT. SIDEWALK – DAY
Rain is pouring over several heavily coated civilians, surrounding the windows of an electronics store. They watch Monocle’s press conference.
(From television sets)
To save the world, of course!
To which they asked-
EXT. NEWSPAPER STAND – DAY
A stack of issues of The City Paper is tossed in front of the stand. CLOSE IN on paper headline. The headline reads, “FROM WHAT?”
EXT. MONOCLE MANSION, STAIRWELL - DAY
Monocle walks down the steps, exiting his mansion. Abhijat and seven bodyguards in black with strollers follow Monocle.
Camera flashes are coming from all angles.
They received no answer. It was the last time Sir Reginald and the children were seen. Until-
Chapter One: “The Day the Eiffel Tower Went Berserk”
EXT. PARIS, CITY VIEW – DAY
A beautiful view on a sunny morning.
EXT. PARIS, CONCESSION STAND – DAY
Under the Eiffel Tower, A concession stand OWNER is organizing souvenirs for sale. He posts a large red umbrella over the top of it.
CRASH! A quickly seen figure crashes onto the concession stand, breaking it in half. The owner is puzzled and shocked.
He approaches his totaled stand. A bloodied and broken corpse lies over it.
EXT. PARIS, CONCESSION STAND – LATER
The owner is explaining what happened to a scrawny POLICEMAN.
Just flew out of the sky?
You don’t think he jumped?
No, he was pushed.
A force is heard landing hard onto the concrete behind both men. They turn around and find it is another broken body.
Another body crashes onto the concrete in front of both men. A puddle of blood explodes out of the back of the body’s head.
Several more bodies appear falling, breaking, and exploding blood out of their skulls.
People on the surface begin to flee in panic.
(To Stand owner)
Get out of here!
The Stand Owner runs and exits the frame.
Send backup! We need more men and medics!
The officer turns around and finds five CHILDREN with eye masks and dressed in black private school uniforms- THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. The boy speaking has white hair and is the leader of the group. This is 0.01 AKA SPACEBOY (LUTER HARGREEVES).
Can we be of assistance?
Who the hell are you?
Your Eiffel Tower has gone insane and needs to be stopped at all costs.
It is you children who are insane!
(Pointing to girl in his group)
Allow me to introduce my subordinate, Number Three!
The children float off the ground.
0.03 AKA THE RUMOR (ALLISON HARGREEVES) begins to speak.
Attention, citizens of Paris! I heard a rumor that the Musee D’orsay is giving away many of its finest paintings and they’re also serving crepes.
The rest of the panicked citizens, including the police, forget about the chaos at the Eiffel Tower and run the opposite direction for the art gallery.
Now we’ll have to recover those paintings!
0.02 AKA THE KRAKEN (DIEGO HARGREEVES) points up above.
(Pointing at Eiffel Tower)
Green energy beams begin to build around the top of the tower.
BOOM! An explosion of green flames separates the children. All hell breaks loose.
0.06 AKA THE HORROR (BEN HARGREEVES) transforms the bottom of his body into floating tentacles.
The children spread out.
(Commanding the Academy)
Spread out and attack!
EXT. SKY OF PARIS – DAY
Aerial View – hovering over the exploding Eiffel Tower is the Umbrella Academy’s official modified plane.
INT. ACADEMY PLANE – DAY
Abhijat is shown piloting the plane.
A member of the Umbrella Academy, 0.07 AKA WHITE VIOLIN (VANYA HARGREEVES), pouts as she watches over the action on ground.
(In a down voice)
Dad, I mean Mr. Monocle, Sir? Why can’t I play with the others?
There is just nothing special about you, Number Seven.
Where’s Number Five? I don’t see him down there!
He’s in the future, I presume. No doubt, run away from home. I can’t be sure, nor bothered. Why don’t you go play your violin?
Vanya leaves and begins to unhappily play her violin.
INT. EIFFEL TOWER – DAY
The children fly as fast as they can to the top on the inside of the tower.
0.04 AKA THE SÉANCE (KLAUS HARGREEVES) begins to think.
What are you doing?
Don’t let go! I’m trying to contact a dead engineer from the spirit world! He can tell us to stop it.
Save your breath, we’re all gonna die!
Why don’t you shut up?
EXT. EIFFEL TOWER – DAY
BOOM! Part of the tower explodes furiously. The explosion sends the children flying.
The dismantled part of the tower collisions to the sidewalk.
Horror, Séance, Rumor, and Kraken follow Spaceboy.
To the control tower! I got a hunch.
INT. CONTROL TOWER – DAY
An older android with a gruesome zombie appearance, GUSTAVE EIFFEL, appears to be controlling the tower.
CRASH! The Umbrella Academy kids forcefully crash through the wall.
Just as I expected… Gustave Eiffel!
You’re alive after all these years?
Not for long!
Kraken draws a knife.
(Attempting to stop Kraken)
Too late. The knife flies and impales Eiffel in the forehead. He falls dead onto the control panels.
The computers shut off automatically.
The legs of the tower begin to separate from the ground.
Everyone out now!
EXT. GROUND – DAY
The Umbrella Academy exits the tower in a hurry. The Eiffel Tower launches from the ground like a rocket.
The kids appear shocked.
Why is it taking off?
Monocle appears behind the children, unbeknownst to them.
Because it’s not a monument, children!
(At same time)(In shock)
Don’t call me “Dad.” And while you lost the Eiffel Tower, you saved Paris. And you know what that means!
EXT. PARADE – DAY
French civilians are appreciative and chanting the Umbrella Academy for saving their city.
The kids are given ice cream cones while Monocle is given a key to the city as a reward.
Monocle notices Spaceboy appears melancholic.
What’s wrong, Number One?
Mr. Monocle, Sir, I want to go into space when I grow up.
And so you shall, Number One. So you shall.
Insert Head: “Twenty Years Later”
EXT. MOON - DARK
A large astronaut stands over the moon. He is built like a giant.
CLOSE IN- Astronaut. He is half human and half guerilla. It appears to be Spaceboy.
Come in Number One! You have a call.
Tell them I’m busy!
It’s Dr. Pogo on the phone.
Keep him on the line!
Spaceboy launches his jet boots off the moon. He flies into his-
INT. SHIP, OFFICE – DARK
The walls are covered with newspaper articles and framed magazine covers.
One of the framed articles reads, “Mars Mission Failure: Spaceboy critically injured. Hargreeves performs experimental surgery to save his life.”
The picture shows Spaceboy in a guerilla-sized body with the same sized space suit.
Spaceboy enters. He picks up his phone.
Pogo! Any good news from Earth? Is that it…? Negative Pogo… you know I can’t leave my post. A threat may finally-
What? Oh. I see. I’m on my way.
INT. SPACE CAPSULE
A one-seater, Spaceboy steps inside and activates the launch program.
EXT. MOON – DARK
The capsule launches and takes off at fast speed from the surface.
EXT. THE CITY – NIGHT
The City is peaceful at night. Eerie-but-nice silence.
INT. SEVEN’S APARTMENT, BEDROOM – NIGHT
A messy bedroom with books scattered everywhere. A copy of “Extraordinary: My Life as Number 7” lies next to the phone on the nightstand.
RING! RING! The phone rings.
Seven stands up out of bed. She is tall and beautiful with a short haircut. He is only wearing a white tank top and a thong.
(Answering the phone)(Half awake)
INT. OFFICE – NIGHT
CLOSE UP on mouth of MYSTERY CALLER.
The conversation cuts back and forth between Seven’s apartment and the Caller’s office.
I suppose I didn’t expect you to be broken up. You wrote a lot of nasty things about your family in your book.
What do you want?
I’m conducting a suite, the first of its kind. It appears my chair for first violin has been rendered vacant. I’d like you to audition.
(Looking through window blinds)
Now why would I do that?
Revenge! Be at the Icarus Theatre at noon tomorrow!
CLICK! The line disconnects.
INT. ACADEMY MANSION, HALLWAY – NIGHT
An isolated but luxurious hallway with several family portraits and art pieces hung on the walls. Spaceboy runs through the hall anxiously and bursts through the doors of the-
INT. ACADEMY MANSION, POGO’S OFFICE – NIGHT
Dr. Pogo, is it true?
A talking chimpanzee sits behind the desk, dressed in a suit. This is POGO. There is a ten-year-old boy, who is a member of the Umbrella Academy next to him. The boy is 0.05 AKA THE BOY.
Yes. Sir Reginald Hargreeves is dead.
And something worse is coming!
INT. ACADEMY MANSION, SPACEBOY’S ROOM – NIGHT
Spaceboy is asleep in a king-sized mattress. He has an oxygen supply hooked up to his suit.
The sun peaks through the cracks of the blinds onto Spaceboy’s face.
More light enters as the curtains open.
Wake up, Spaceboy!
Spaceboy wakes up slowly.
What time is it?
(Sipping on a cup of coffee)
Eight A.M.! Your sister has arrived.
Allison, yes. She’s been standing beneath Ben’s statue for thirty minutes. You should go down and help her with her bags. She looks nervous…
EXT. ACADEMY MANSION, COURTYARD – DAY
Leaves blow around Rumor. She is now tall, slender, and beautiful but narcissistic. She stands in the middle of the yard, staring at a tall statue referred to as Ben’s Statue.
Spaceboy approaches Rumor from the front door.
It wasn’t your fault, you know? I know everyone blames you for what happened to Ben. None of us knows what really happened that day.
I wasn’t sure you’d come, Rumor.
Still using code names? You’re even still wearing the mask.
I missed you, too… Where’s Mom?
She’ll be here. Where’s Patrick? That’s his name, right?
He filed for divorce eight months ago. He got the house and custody of Claire… How’s the moon? Any sign of a genocidal alien threat?
You have a daughter?
Things change, Luther!
You know what I love about funerals?
Spaceboy and Rumor look up. They see a tall pale man dressed in all black hovering above them- Séance.
Everything I own is black.
But some things never do…
Séance lands on the ground and walks towards the mansion.
I hope you’ve got a fresh pot on. I look like Death, but I gather that’s an appropriate occasion.
Séance enters the doors.
It’s nice to see you, Space.
Rumor follows Séance’s way inside.
EXT. CARNIVAL – DAY
Kids are having fun while biting into cotton candy, screaming on rides, visiting with the clowns, etc.
A group of TERMINAUTS circles the crowd. They are shaped like garbage cans with red eyes and capital letters over the front of them.
Assessment! Translocation successful! Though it appears our presence has gone unnoticed.
Announcement! Citizens of the city. Irregularity 8767678 AKA The Umbrella Academy has a high chance of reformation in two hours, twenty-two minutes, and eleven seconds.
Interruption! We seek instant retribution! This area of recreation will serve as a suitable theatre fir eradication due to its high probability of civilian fatality!
All robots agree.
Observation! A disturbing lack of concern!
The robots go berserk. Their arms extend from their bodies and they set every carnival attendant in site into flames.
People are screaming from the massive pain of being burned alive.
Chapter Two: “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”
Dad always warned me not to go too far into the future.
EXT. THE CITY (FUTURE) – DAY
The skies are red. Buildings are in flames or destroyed into pieces.
A newspaper with the heading, “IT’S A PERFECT DAY” floats across the screen through ashes and passed dozens of skeletons and burned corpses.
Because he told me not to go back. And even though I hated him, and I tried to prove him wrong-
The Boy walks through the city. He shows little to no emotion over what the future is.
I knew I shouldn’t have run away from home.
The Boy continues to explore the streets. He finds destroyed cars and the dead body of Pogo.
Because what I found wasn’t just a place where I could hide. What I found was the end of the world.
(Shouting out loud)
It took me a few days before I figured out I was the last boy alive. But once I did-
EXT. THE CITY (FUTURE) – LATER
Various shots of The Boy running around with a long sword, decapitating statues and large stuffed animals.
I was ecstatic. I was free. There was no one to tell you what to do. No one to make you feel small. No one to make you wear a mask. Of course it eventually occurred to me-
The Boy crouches at a corner and sheds a few tears.
This is bad.
As I was filled with guilt, I began to think.
INT. LIBRARY (FUTURE) – DAY
Walls are destroyed and shelves of books are scattered on the floor, throughout the building.
The Boy flips through several damaged but readable books.
A search through the library led me to a book written by one of us. She was called Number Seven when I knew her.
CLOSE IN – The Boy’s face is shocked when reading Number Seven’s book.
I saw how bad things had gotten… How everything had gone wrong. How Number Six had died. How we had failed.
INT. CLASSROOM (FUTURE) – DAY
It is now further into the future. The Boy is now an old man with a long wizard-style beard.
He is facing a wall covered in calculations.
Dad said it was impossible to travel back in time. He said it couldn’t be done. I spent the next fifty years trying to prove him wrong. As usual, it seemed he wasn’t.
The Boy stops for a moment. He appears he is about to give up.
I gave up. Accepting my fate as a ghost among the ruins. And in that moment, just as all hope seemed lost-
The Boy looks over at his desk and finds a note carved into the desk that reads, “Subtract two from the One.” The Boy celebrates that he has solved the formula.
I was going home. I could start again.
A light takes over the room and takes The Boy out of the time zone.
I’d be right back where I started, ten years old, the day before the Eiffel Tower went berserk. The day before I ran away from home.
INT. ACADEMY, CLASSROOM (PRESENT) – DAY
Spaceboy, Rumor, and Séance listen to The Boy as he tells his story.
Graded papers are hung up all over the walls.
But something went wrong. Something pulled me out of the time stream much too soon.
Possibly but he was dead by the time I arrived.
A masked man in a striped skull jumpsuit, Kraken, interferes with the talk. He fiddles with a knife while talking.
Coroner estimates the time of death at 7:02 P.M., but the security cameras on the estate mysteriously stopped recording at 6:44 P.M. How convenient. Lucky for you, I broke into The City morgue and ran an autopsy. Natural causes, apparently.
Number Two, I presume.
Diego. How lovely to see you. You know I heard a rumor-
(Cutting off Rumor)
Don’t try your witchcraft bullshit on me, sister! While you were busy playing house, I was picking bullets out of my shoulder and throwing nut jobs in the clink.
Stand down, Kraken!
Kraken gets in Spaceboy’s face.
Still giving the orders, Monkey-Boy? Last I checked your-
(Cutting off Kraken)(O.S.)
Stop right there, Kraken!
Pogo and Abhijat stand in the doorway of the classroom.
You two stop acting like Homo sapiens so we can bury your father!
EXT. ACADEMY MANSION, BACKYARD – DAY
Spaceboy, Kraken, Rumor, Séance, Pogo, and Abhijat stand over a black coffin. It is an awkward funeral since The Academy kids are all dressed in costume and no one is saying anything in tribute of Monocle.
A pale woman dressed in all black appears from the shadows of a tree. MOM.
He wasn’t the best father, and an even worse husband. But if he was guilty of anything, it was caring for the world so much that he sacrificed his personal relationships. Unfortunately, he never asked us how we felt about that.
But that doesn’t make his death in vain.
Kraken is annoyed. He approaches Mom from behind and extends his arms, ready to grab for Mom’s coat.
(Attempting to warn Mom)
Kraken yanks off Mom’s coat. She appears to be a mannequin with human organs exposed. Mom begins crying in humiliation. Rumor puts the coat back over Mom.
(Getting in Kraken’s face)
I’m warning you, Kraken-
(Sarcastically interrupting Spaceboy)
Or what? You going to beat your chest? Everything is a goddamn lie, Cowboy! Hargreeves left us with nothing but a fucking mausoleum full of questions, and a fucking piece of plastic for a mother. Her tears aren’t even real!
But these are!
Then it’s too bad Yanya isn’t here. She could play her violin.
EXT. ICARUS THEATRE – DAY
The walls are held together with wood and nails. “For Rent” is read on the sign. The E in the caption is crooked.
Seven enters the doors with a violin case in her right hand.
INT. ICARUS THEATRE, STAGE – DAY
The audience section is dark and abandoned.
Hello? Is anyone there?
Bright lights flash onto Seven. She holds her hand over her face as a shield.
What the hell is this?
Unseen VOICES are heard.
I haven’t played in like twelve years.
Seven sets down her case and pulls out her violin. She begins to play. The music is beautiful with an even flow.
All goes well until a chord on the violin snaps.
Hundreds of claps and cheers are heard for Seven. She looks up and finds several audience members dressed in tuxedos, black dresses, and eye-masks.
A man sits in the front row by himself. He has a tuxedo with a white bow tie and a black cape. He is also bald and has stitches over his lips. This is THE CONDUCTER.
Lacking finesse but adequate.
Can I interest you in destroying the world?
What? Who are you?
The Conductor stands up and dances up to the stage.
We are the Orchestra Yerdammten. The finest musicians in the entire world. But a very unique collection of madmen and murderesses, too. Hearts and deeds as black as the very instruments we play. I am the Conductor and I’ve written a new piece called “The Apocalypse Suite.” It’s my life’s work. Two parts Faust, three parts La Boheme, a dash of Messiah, and a bit of my own Canada. The exact combination, if played in the right key, will destroy the world. It’s just missing one thing: you.
Could your father have been wrong about you after all? Could you really be capable of something great?
Seven walks toward the exit.
Find yourself another violin and don’t follow me!
One of Conductor’s henchmen is about to follow Seven.
(Blocks Henchmen’s way)
Let her go! We should expect her back very soon.
EXT. ACADEMY MANSION, BACKYARD – DUSK
The sun sets over Spaceboy and Kraken. The two are in a bitter exchange of punches and kicks.
Kraken puts up quite a good fight against Spaceboy and tosses him like a softball through a tree. Spaceboy Shakes it off and charges at Kraken with his jet boots.
You’re extremely sensitive!
Kraken pulls out a knife. He is about to throw.
Rumor runs and takes the knife out of Kraken’s hand.
Spaceboy slows down and stops.
That’s enough! I see you two haven’t changed a bit.
The Boy appears.
(With an annoyed tone)
Maybe I haven’t made myself clear that the world was destroyed just three days after Hargreeves’s death. Time is running out.
Spaceboy and Rumor both calm down.
Pogo appears and points north.
The carnival is on fire!
Spaceboy looks ahead.
Dr. Terminal’s farewell “gift.” He built and programmed the Terminauts to activate should we ever reform. Which means Vanya must be somewhere in the city.
Spaceboy flies towards the carnival.
(Looks Spaceboy’s way)
Kraken follows Spaceboy.
(Looking Kraken’s way)
Rumor follows them both.
Aren’t you going?
Séance follows the other Academy members.
Chapter Three: “Dr. Terminal’s Answer”
EXT. CARNIVAL – NIGHT
Spaceboy, Kraken, Rumor, and Séance arrive in front of the carnival. They find it is in flames. Fearful screams are heard.
We have to go in there and destroy the Terminauts! Apparently they think we’re a team again.
(To Séance and Kraken)
You two help me fight them off!
Rumor, get the children out of here!
Rumor is frozen in fear as she watches the fires grow.