Marvel's 'Runaways' Stalled Because of 'Avengers', But Still Coming?
by Ethan Anderton
August 15, 2011
Over three years ago it was announced that Marvel would be bringing their fantastic comic book series Runaways to the big screen. As of May 2010 the adaptation was slated to go in front of cameras with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett stepping up to helm the feature. However, that plan never came together, and now we know why. While speaking at Empire Big Screen 2011 across the pond, comic book and screenwriter Drew Pearce revealed that the big push for The Avengers meant that the lesser known ensemble comic book adaptation had to sit on the backburner, but there's still hope.
Here's what Pearce had to say (via The Playlist) on the project's delay and hopeful future:
“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. 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.”
Obviously Marvel was happy with the script since they hired Pearce to script Iron Man 3 along with director Shane Black back in March, so hopefully this project comes together sooner than later. This adaptation is one that I've been anxious to see come together since it was announced years ago. If you're unfamiliar, the cool story follows a group of kids who happen to be the offspring of super-villains and are endowed with their own powers for evil. However, the kids want no part of their parents diabolical plans and instead wish to use their powers for good along with exposing their parents for the villains that they are. Calling themselves "The Pride," they setup a secret lair under the La Brea Tar Pits. Now the question remains who should direct the film if Sollett doesn't decide to come back to the project.