Marvel Studios is on a roll, with the recently announced release dates for the big-screen adaptions of their Thor and Avengers properties, as well as the sequel to their hugely successful release, this summer’s Iron Man.
Now, the studio has announced their plans to bring the Marvel comic book series Runaways to the big screen, with series creator and writer Brian K. Vaughan penning the script. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is set to produce.
Since this film wasn’t in Marvel’s 2009-2011 movie slate announced, it’s not clear where the Runaways film will be in the line-up.
Brian K. Vaughan, currently a co-producer and writer for TV’s Lost, co-created Runaways with artist Adrian Alphona in 2002 and continued to write for the Marvel series through issue #24, after which Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon took over the writing duties.
In Runaways, a group of L.A. teenagers accidentally uncover the secret that their parents are supervillains who are part of an underground crime syndicated known the Pride. Horrified at their discovery, the teens run away from home only to find out that they have inherited their own super powers. Wanting to right the wrongs of their parents, the teens vow to fight the forces of evil while being pursued by their ill-intentioned parents, as well as other supervillains.
Unlike most properties in the Marvel Universe set in New York City, Runaways takes place in Los Angeles. A few issues of the title did make its way into Marvel’s comic book mega-crossover event of last summer, Civil War, where the heros and villains of the Marvel U were being forced by law to unmask and reveal their secret identities.
Vaughan’s other comic book works include the award-winning Pride of Baghdad, as well as two DC titles, Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man, the latter of which is currently in development at New Line with D.J. Caruso set to direct.