Back in 2010, Marvel was gearing up to adapt their comic series Runaways for a feature film adaptation with Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) set to helm a script from Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. For those who are unfamiliar with the comics, it’s about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are a cadre of supervillains known as “The Pride” and runaway only to discover their unusual birthrights. The original team consists of prodigy Alex Wilder, witch Nico Minoru, alien Karolina Dean, mutant Molly Hayes, tech-aided Chase Stein, and Gertrude Yorkes, who has a telepathic link with a dinosaur named Old Lace. It’s a fun, exciting comic, and I highly suggest reading Runaways: The Complete Collection volumes 1-3.
While a feature film version was eventually put on ice, it looks like the series will find new life on the small screen. Marvel has announced that Runaways is coming to Hulu. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created and ran Gossip Girl, will be the showrunners on Runaways. “I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” said Schwartz in a press release.
Savage adds, “Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
While I think Hulu’s plan of releasing their shows weekly works against them (11.22.63 probably would have been a much bigger hit if it had been released all at once), it’s still a good home for Runaways. It gives the show more breathing room than it would have had on ABC and it doesn’t need to fit into the gritty world being set up over on Netflix. While I’m not familiar with Schwartz and Savage’s past work, I’m excited that Runaways is finally getting adapted, and I’m interested to see what they do with it.
Check out the full press release below:
Marvel Television will be bringing the fan-favorite and ground breaking comic book series, RUNAWAYS, to popular streaming service, Hulu.
Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.
“We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie–who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience–write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”
“I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” said Schwartz.
Adds Savage, “Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
“Marvel’s Runaways” is Executive Produced by series Co-Showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“The O.C.”, “Gossip Girl”) along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”) “Fake Empire’s” Lis Rowinski will produce as well. “Marvel’s Runaways” is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.
“Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu is based on the comic created by the award-winning team of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.