Joss Whedon or Peter Sollett Might Direct Marvel's Runaways?
Though the news of Joss Whedon's potential to direct The Avengers came on April Fool's Day, LA Times was happy to confirm news that seemed too good to be true. Whether he ends up directing the superhero movie or not, it looks like Marvel really wants him for something as The Playlist reports Whedon is also in the running to direct an adaptation of Marvel's Brian K. Vaughan-written comic book series Runaways, which is briefly described as The Breakfast Club with superheroes. Meanwhile, Deadline has exclusive news to the contrary as they report Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) is negotiating to direct.
If you're unfamiliar with series, it follows a group of kids (seen above) who just so happen to be the offspring of super-villians and are endowed with their own powers for evil. However, the kids don't want any part of their parents diabolical plans and wish to use their powers for good along with exposing their parents for the villains they are. Calling themselves The Pride, they're housed in a secret lair under the La Brea Tar Pits
Maybe it's just because I want Whedon to remain available to feed the dreams of directing The Avengers, but I'm inclined to find Deadline's scoop on this project a little more reliable. I don't mean to discredit The Playlist at all, because they've certainly had more than their fair share of accurate and reliable scoops, but Mike Fleming has plenty more insiders and his reputation certainly precedes him in finding accurate scoops.
Sollett being chosen over Whedon might indicate their desire to keep this more grounded to the characters (which is definitely the best part of Runaways) rather than a predominantly FX-heavy superhero bonanza, which is exactly what The Avengers will be in the end. But at the same time, Whedon's involvement with a movie the size of The Avengers is bigger than anything he's ever done, so Runaways might suit him better in that regard. After all, Whedon did write some issues of the comic book series when Brian K. Vaughan was unavailable, so we'll just have to see how all this plays out. Stay tuned as more info becomes available.