Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Trailer for Seventh Son
Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on
Second Shaun The Sheep Teaser Is Here
He's off to pastures new...
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 August 2014
Shane Black Unleashes The Destroyer
He's on to direct an adventure book adaptation
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Thor (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Empire Star Rating
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Empire Star Rating
Last Action Hero (1993)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

What Happened To Marvel's Runaways?
'Maybe Phase Three,' says Drew Pearce

25 September 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Jeff Goldsmith (via The Hollywood Reporter)

submit to reddit

Marvel Runaways

Way back in 2008, before even the release of the first Iron Man, Marvel began talking about a film based on its "superhero Breakfast Club" the Runaways. In 2010 Peter Sollett (Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist) was tapped as a possible director, but the rest, it seems, is silence. So what happened? According to Drew Pearce, co-writer of Iron Man 3 and author of a Runaways draft, the answer is the small matter of Avengers Assemble.

"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called The Avengers," Pearce explained to Jeff Goldsmith at a recent Iron Man 3 screening. "It pulled focus from the unheard-of brand Runaways, and it really did kind of consume the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

Not to be confused with Joan Jett's band and their recent biopic, Marvel's Runaways was created by Brian K. Vaughn, the genius behind Y: The Last Man (Joss Whedon also wrote a couple of story arcs). It's about a group of teenagers shocked to discover that their parents are all criminals and supervillains who hold a big meeting every year under the guise of a charity event. Stealing weapons, the group of six – who all have abilities inherited from their evil elders – strike out to battle their parents' misdemeanors and any other trouble that crops up. Oh, and they have a dinosaur.

As a film, Runaways was also beaten to the secret-supervillain-parents punch by Wanted, of course. Neverthless, Pearce still thinks it's a possibility for adaptation somewhere down the Marvel assembly line. 

"It's [still] there," he says. "Maybe it'll be a Phase Three movie. I really hope so. I'm really proud of it and I think it'll be a brilliant film, but I think it all depends what [Marvel president] Kevin Feige's master plan is."

Iron Man 3's director Shane Black says Pearce's Runaways is "one of the better screenplays that's sitting on a shelf somewhere". High praise indeed, so fingers crossed it does get taken down and dusted off at some point.

In the meantime, our next appointment with Marvel in cinemas is the release of Thor: The Dark World on October 30 - or you can watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now in the US or on Friday here in the UK. For the more distant Marvel future, check out Empire's indispensible infographic.

 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Trailer For Big Ass Spider! Crawls Online
God help us all - it's ten stories tall!
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Many Deaths Of Sean Bean
The actor talks us through his on-screen offings

Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)