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22 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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After giving the official greenlight to roughly 7,463* comic book properties a couple of weeks ago, Marvel has now given the go-ahead to an adaptation of lesser-known series Runaways.

Brian K. Vaughan, who co-created the series, which launched in 2002, with artist Adrian Alphona, will write the film about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are supervillains. They subsequently run away, discover their own blossoming powers and seek to balance out the wrongdoing of their forebears. This isn't a series we've read, but that is a doozy of a set-up for a movie and has franchise written all over it in big letters.

While the rest of Marvel's recently announced films have mainly been given release dates, Runaways is still in the very early stages, so there's no suggestion of when it will be shot or released.

*OK, more like four.

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Re:" 'Z List Characters'...? ...easy, tiger!" A Correction...
Eep. I said Bendis. I meant Vaughn. Of course, I meant Vaughn!!! Christ, they'll never let me in The Travelling Man again...! (Oh, while I'm back-pedalling, give Bendis some screen time. Phew!) More

Posted by Thumbsucker at 01:01 on 26 May 2008 | Report This Post

'Z List Characters'...? ...easy, tiger!
There's nothing wrong with this announcement - yes, The Runaways may not be Marvel's biggest property but has ceratinly been it's most interesting, existing on the outskirts of its current releases. From someone who (while been excited by Marvel's recent big tentpole output) is thrilled to hear that someone like Bendis is being allowed to get some cinema time, this could prove to be a nice little niche movie that, with a bit of encouragement could, like the book itself, be the little Marvel movi More

Posted by Thumbsucker at 00:57 on 26 May 2008 | Report This Post

Mixed feelings
Having read the comic from the very beginning, I should be excited about this. However, I still feel it'd work better as a TV series. There's some very complex characters, not to mention the relationships between each Runaway and their respective parents. A lot of people are taking Joss Whedon's involvement on the title has been a good thing. It hasn't. Over a year for 6 issues? It's obvious he doesn't care about the characters or the title. At least they gave it to BKV, who created them in the More

Posted by paolo_volva at 19:54 on 25 May 2008 | Report This Post

Runaways is brilliant comic, I was hoping Marvel would have the brains to greenlight it. And that Vaughan is scripting is a dream come true. Can't waitfor this one! More

Posted by OdhranO at 14:09 on 25 May 2008 | Report This Post

Since this is Marvel pictures, I'd hope that they can get Joss Whdon involved. Having written the comic, he clearly loves the characters. That's asuming Dollhouse gets cancelled, though. More

Posted by homerbert at 11:04 on 24 May 2008 | Report This Post

sounds like a cool premise More

Posted by spikespiegel at 00:09 on 24 May 2008 | Report This Post

Amazing News!
Runaways is such a brilliant series and it is screaming to be made into a feature film. As long as it is written and acted as intelligently and humorously as the source material, this will be a great piece for Marvel to produce! Definitely agree that the kids be unknowns. The story and the characters should be the thing, not some jumped up Dakota Fanny-type. More

Posted by aye_min at 13:38 on 23 May 2008 | Report This Post

Great news!
If you haven't read it yet then shame on you. I hope they get big named stars to play the Pride with a bunch of unknowns for the kids. That will fuck with the mainstream moviegoers heads. More

Posted by DJ Satan at 00:11 on 23 May 2008 | Report This Post

Semi-interested
Never heard of them before but their story of balance is one I can tolerate. More

Posted by H is the greatest at 19:51 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: JS Brave, but potentially a very good idea. Moving away from their big names to some of the less well-known (but interesting) characters might not work for them, but it makes sense - much as I enjoyed Iron Man and will probably enjoy Hulk and the rest, I don't want to see the same three or four characters cropping up in films every few years. Much better to spread things around a little. If 'Wanted' works, that's good evidence that one doesn't need a well-known comic, provided the ide More

Posted by orca at 17:08 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: 'Z' list characters coming to a screen near you...
L: jpt1976 ...Marvel should stick to the big names and make them a priority instead of putting every comic property they own forward as a new franchise. couldn't agree less with that statement. While it's good to have the big blockbusters like Spider Man, Iron Man, X-Men, etc, there is no need for every single film to a block buster.  Sooner or later tastes will change and super hero blockbusters will stop being a big draw, this would mean the end of Marvel Studios - I think More

Posted by Steviepunk at 12:55 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

This is very good news!
Runaways is fantastic. Joss whedon even had a run writing it. If that doesnt get your geek-sense tingling then nothing will. Especially good news that Vaughan is writing it. Now if only you can get a few more details, like which charachters he's planning on starting with, Will it feature Cloak and Dagger? Its a very different approach to the standard superhero fare. Get youself down to forbidden planet now and pick up the trades More

Posted by themguidedmissiles at 12:54 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

I'd sooner see somthing else, more spidey, a world war hulk one maybe? i mean after the avengers movie is done with and we can right the wrong done in X3(pat stewart dying!! horrible). More

Posted by drake22 at 12:03 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Haven't read this but love BKV's work on Lost and especially Y: The Last Man so I have high hopes for this and I'm glad he's scripting too as opposed to just handing it over to another writer. Would be great if he writes the Y scripts too though I'm not sure if DJ Caruso is good enough to pull it off. Not sure about Shia as Yorrick either... More

Posted by playaslaya at 11:49 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Brave, but potentially a very good idea. Moving away from their big names to some of the less well-known (but interesting) characters might not work for them, but it makes sense - much as I enjoyed Iron Man and will probably enjoy Hulk and the rest, I don't want to see the same three or four characters cropping up in films every few years. Much better to spread things around a little. If 'Wanted' works, that's good evidence that one doesn't need a well-known comic, provided the idea is good eno More

Posted by JS at 11:40 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

'Z' list characters coming to a screen near you...
...Marvel should stick to the big names and make them a priority instead of putting every comic property they own forward as a new franchise. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 11:05 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The fact that Vaughn is writting it is crucial
No. As much as I love Whedon's work (especially Firefly), his arc on The Runaways is a absolute mess...I'd rather that he do a Serenity sequel.  CBC  More

Posted by CBC at 11:02 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

The fact that Vaughn is writting it is crucial
I feel his recent scripts for Lost show that he can write for tv/movies as well as his excellent comic work. Does anybody else feel that they should get Joss Whedon (a fan of the series and the writer of the current Runaways story arc) to direct this? And Molly is indeed brilliant More

Posted by Hochopepa at 10:24 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Runaways is well suited for a big-screen adaption. The witty dialogue and character interaction if done right could br great. Joss Whedon to direct would be good.... More

Posted by Skyjunky21 at 10:05 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Now this is both good and bad
i've read runaways it's good i really liked it but i mean i can count the amount of gangster films on my hands i can't wth superheroes. if we do we'll be here a while and i mean the big budget ones i think they should quit while there ahead. do cap'n a and the avanegers 1 then leave it there going crazy there doing like 6 films just so they can do one film lets not get too crazy i mean do have 5 supermans 6 batmen 3 spidermans 3 blades 2 fantastic 4 2 hulks an ironman 3 x-men 2 hellboys More

Posted by Director at 09:52 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Marvel overload?
If they're not careful, Marvel are going to bloat themselves out of people's interests. How many Marvel movies have we had in the last 2 years, and announced for the next few years? Add in any DC offerings, and the average filmviewer is going to get overfed and bored of superhero films before long, and studios won't be able to justify the kind of budget a decent attempt at one will require. That'll really put the true fans out of joint. That said, an interesting choice for a film release. Hav More

Posted by keatsmeister at 09:39 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Runaways is by far the best Marvel comic going, full of real life problems and believable dialogue. You'll just love Molly, the youngest of the group. More

Posted by machino at 08:52 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

Awesome to the Max.
Just to point out- Brian K. Vaughn is currently working on the 'Lost' staff and he wrote the really, really, really brilliant comic series 'Y:The Last Man' (supposedly to be made into a film- or more likley a trilogy with Shia Le Bof and director DJ Curoso over the next few years) and also to point out that this serious is excellence in a can. More

Posted by doitdoug2001 at 08:17 on 22 May 2008 | Report This Post

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