Screenwriter Drew Pearce Updates Marvel's Runaways; Could Start Next Year
08.16.11 by Ryan
Last year, Marvel Studio's comic book adaptation of Runaways looked like it was successfully moving forward with a script by screenwriter Drew Pearce (BBC's No Heroes) and director Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) attached. The movie was set to start shooting earlier this year, and casting had reportedly begun, making the project seemingly a sure thing. Instead, last October, Marvel put the brakes on Runaways, opting to "take its time" with the adaptation, but offering no information on when production would continue.
Based on the comic book created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Adrian Alphona, Runaways followed a group of super-powered teenagers who discover that their parents are supervillains. The Avengers director Joss Whedon wrote the second volume of the Runaways comic book, but as Pearce recently explained to The Playlist, it was Whedon's Avengers that got in the way of Runaways.
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 [to] go. 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.
Marvel recently announced 2014 release dates for two, currently untitled projects, one of which could end up being Runaways.
At the upcoming D23 Expo, Disney will be unveiling a sneak peek of The Avengers and several of its upcoming movies. It could announce what Marvel projects will be opening in 2014.