For all the talk of Chris Evans this and film Avengers that, many comic fans may forget that there are a lot of film properties floating through the minds and meetings at Marvel Studios focusing on some of the less marquee characters of the Marvel Universe. Today, a rumor hit the web about movement on a film project near and dear to many diehard Marvel fans heart: the proposed adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s teen super series “Runaways.”
Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming is reporting that “Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist” director Peter Sollett is in negotiations to bring the story of six teenagers who run from and then rebel against their supervillain parents (the website also calls it “The Breakfast Club with superheroes”) to the screen.
Launched in 2003 from an original concept by Vaughan, “Runaways” has proven a critical darling for most of its life at Marvel, though it’s sales never seemed to match its buzz. The series went on indefinite hiatus last June after a four-part arc by new writer Kathryn Immonen, who promised fans that she’d return to the series if it in fact came back.
However, the movie potential for “Runaways” has been highly touted by Marvel for years as the book presents a rare fresh original concept with appeal to non-traditional comic book readers. In 2008, it was announced that Vaughan (who also served as a staff writer on ABC’s “Lost”) would write the screenplay for the film, and shortly thereafter studio head Kevin Fiege spoke highly of the movie’s prospects once Marvel’s independent film slate got off the ground. While a lot has happened to Marvel since then, most of the film plans for the now Disney subsidiary have come to pass, so a 2012 filming date for “Runaways” may not be an impossibility.
Check back to CBR as more news becomes available on the “Runaways” movie.