Production on Hulu’s much-anticipated Runaways series, based on the cult classic Marvel comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, is proceeding apace, and the title’s original writer — who has some involvement in the early stages of the adaptation — is excited to see the finished product.
Speaking to CBR’s Jeffrey Renaud in an exclusive interview, Vaughan said, “I just did a little consulting early in the process, but I think the Runaways found the ideal ‘foster parents’ in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. They took a weird comic set in the Marvel Universe of 2002, and lovingly adapted it into a stylish drama that feels like contemporary Los Angeles. Love the cast, crew and especially the writers they assembled. And the pilot looks like an Adrian Alphona comic! I can’t wait to watch this first season unfold.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the writer described Michael Green’s draft script for a Y: The Last Man TV pilot as “phenomenal” and teased that he should have “some very cool news about another adaptation soon.”
Vaughan warned fans of Saga, his massively popular collaboration with artist Fiona Staples, that they shouldn’t get excited about a screen adaptation just yet. “I think Fiona and I are both open to Saga possibly being translated into another medium someday, and we’ve gotten a lot of very flattering offers, but for the moment, we’re just concentrating on trying to make the greatest comic book we can,” he said.
Premiering in 2018 on Hulu, Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, a loud-and-proud nerd; Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, a budding Wiccan with a carefully crafted goth facade; Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, whose model-perfect exterior disguises an eagerness to explore her identity and desires; Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, a brash, purple-haired social justice warrior; Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein, a lacrosse-playing heartthrob with flashes of engineering brilliance; and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez, the youngest member, known for her positive outlook and deep yearning to belong.
They’re joined by Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, James Yaegashi, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, James Marsters and Ever Carradine.