Drew Pearce has been tapped to write the adaptation of the Marvel superhero series Runaways for director Pete Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist). Deadline reports that Pearce is a good choice because he created to UK comedy series No Heroics, which is about superheroes living daily lives (think Mystery Men but the characters actually have superpowers). After seeing the trailer for the show, I’d have to agree.
For those who don’t know, Runaways is about a group of teenagers who go on the lam when they discover their parents are supervillains. Created by the brilliant Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) with the second “season” written by Joss Whedon, the series is a must-read. It’s smart, funny, and pokes fun at the Marvel Universe from time to time (one of my favorite jokes is when they’re arguing about which superhero teams Wolverine is and isn’t on).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a brief synopsis for No Heroics.
Here’s the synopsis via British Comedy Guide:
A single-camera sitcom about four old friends who just happen to be off-duty superheroes. Based in a Soho pub, the comedy focuses on their relationships, their sex lives, and their constant desperation for success and fame.
The Hotness has the power to heat up like a giant car cigarette lighter. Electroclash can control electricity and talk to machines. Timebomb can see up to sixty seconds into the future. Whilst She-Force is the third strongest person in the world.
The superheroes must content with their nemesis, Excelsor, the most powerful superhero of his generation.