Marvel's <i>Runaways</i> Alive, Waiting For Go-Ahead Following <i>Avengers</i>

This time last year, Marvel's Runaways was on the fast track, steaming toward a planned January 2011 start date that likely would've made the adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan-Adrian Alphona comic the studio's follow-up to The Avengers. But in late October, Marvel rather abruptly and mysteriously pulled on the brakes on the project, reportedly because it “simply [had] too much going on at the moment.”

"Too much," it turns out, was simply The Avengers. And with production well under way on Joss Whedon's ensemble adventure, Runaways is just waiting for a green light.

The news comes from Runaways screenwriter Drew Pearce -- he's since been tapped for Marvel's Iron Man 3 and Paramount's The Mighty -- who appeared on a panel over the weekend at Empire Big Screen 2011 in London.

“Basically, The Avengers came along and everything else at Marvel got put on hold for a year. But the script is there, we’re good go,” The Playlist quotes Pearce as saying. “It’s kind of like [being] at the airport when you’re waiting for your slot to take off with Marvel, and we’re hoping we get a slot next year. Fingers crossed. They’re very happy with it, so hopefully it happens.”

As we previously noted, Runaways could be a candidate for one of the two 2014 dates Disney staked out last week -- although Ant-Man and Doctor Strange are also likely contenders.

Debuting in 2003, Runaways centers on six kids who discover their parents are super-villains known as the Pride. Fleeing from their homes, the kids band together to learn about their inherited powers, defeat the Pride and make up for the evil committed by their parents.

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