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Marvel’s Runaways Alive, Waiting For Go-Ahead Following Avengers

This time last year, Marvel’s Runaways was on the fast track, steaming toward a planned January 2011 start date that likely would’ve made the adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan-Adrian Alphona comic the studio’s follow-up to The Avengers. But in late October, Marvel rather abruptly and mysteriously pulled on the brakes on the project, reportedly because it “simply [had] too much going on at the moment.”

“Too much,” it turns out, was simply The Avengers. And with production well under way on Joss Whedon’s ensemble adventure, Runaways is just waiting for a green light.

The news comes from Runaways screenwriter Drew Pearce — he’s since been tapped for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Paramount’s The Mighty — who appeared on a panel over the weekend at Empire Big Screen 2011 in London.

“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,” The Playlist quotes Pearce as saying. “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.”

As we previously noted, Runaways could be a candidate for one of the two 2014 dates Disney staked out last week — although Ant-Man and Doctor Strange are also likely contenders.

Debuting in 2003, Runaways centers on six kids who discover their parents are super-villains known as the Pride. Fleeing from their homes, the kids band together to learn about their inherited powers, defeat the Pride and make up for the evil committed by their parents.

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  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    I thought The Runaways was about a cherry bomb.

    How is Marvel navigating the trademark waters in regards to the Avengers movie based on the British TV show and the The Runaways movie about the all-girl band? Or don’t they care just like they didn’t care about Burden’s MysteryMen tm?

  • Personamanx

    Speak of the Devil. Just talking about this yesterday.

    Hopefully something good is made eventually.

  • kalorama

    I don’t think there are any trademark issues. Runaway and avenger are generic nouns. They can’t be copyrighted/trademarked as titles because they’re not unique identifiers. There have been plenty of instances of unrelated movies released years apart having the same title. These would just be more of the same.

  • Anakin

    Runaway was written and created by Brian K. Vaughan NOT Joss Whedon. Whedon only wrote 6 issues in the serie. Please correct your article.

  • Anonymous

    YES!

    Matter of fact the Whedon issues weren’t even that good. Brian K. Vaughan’s run is what made them a cult-favorite.

  • Spookyeurodude

    where does it say joss whedon created it?

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    It doesn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    Fan self-imposed editing on an article that didn’t need editing. Nice skimming of the article Anakin. If you spent more time on your Jedi training instead of rolling down grassy hills with Padme you might have paid better attention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    Anyhow, I’m more interested in a Runaways comic but if this helps bring it about again, I hope it gets green lit.

  • Personamanx

    Yeah, I mostly want the movie just so it digs up some interest in an actual comic.

  • Shaun

    I dunno… Some little movie by James Cameron made it so the (awful) movie version of Avatar: The Last Airbender ended up being called simply “The Last Airbender.” And the cartoon version of Avatar: TLA had the name first!

    Then again, Marvel’s had a comic book called The Avengers for almost 50 years now, so I’m guessing there’s no problem there.

  • Sonofspam

    It’s cool with me i’m glad they are not rushing it ALTHOUGH where is my deadpool i was promised???  Runaways? that will be a hit if it’s done well it’s not based on some cheesy character from the 50′s or 60′s so these kids are a lot more relatable to the average teenager.

    And the comic is relatively realistic so making it shouldn’t be hard to do at all.

  • Spookyeurodude

    i enjoyed the whedon issues more than the later vaughn ones. i wish it would come back :[