Despite Marvel spending a lot of time and energy trying to assemble The Avengers for 2012, they are still working on other comic book movies in the background. According to Deadline Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett is in negotiations to direct a movie adaptation of Runaways.
I haven’t seen Infinite Playlist or read the Runaways comic but Peter Sollett seems like a good candidate for the job. Runaways revolves around a group of teenagers and Infinite Playlist focused on the friendship between two young lovers, so Sollett is familiar with the territory. Sollett’s film also made $30 million worldwide on a $10 million budget and received positive reviews. Studios like to get their hands on up and coming directors, and it seems Marvel have done just that.
For those unfamiliar with Runaways, like myself, here’s a general description of what the comic was about. It’s a bit like X-Men…but with witches, dinosaurs, aliens and gangsters.
Originally, the series featured a group of six kids whose parents routinely met every year for a charity event. One year, the kids spy on their parents and learn they are “the Pride”, a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants. The kids steal weapons and resources from their parents, and learn they themselves inherited their parents’ powers; Alex Wilder, a prodigy, leads the team while Nico Minoru learns she is a powerful witch, Karolina Dean discovers she is an alien, Gertrude Yorkes learns of her telepathic link to a dinosaur, Chase Stein steals his father’s futuristic gloves, while young Molly Hayes learns she is a mutant with incredible strength. The kids band together and defeat their parents, and atone for the sins of their parents by fighting the new threats trying to fill in the Pride’s void.
This has ‘franchise’ written all over it, and I can see why Marvel are developing this next after getting their more popular characters onto the big screen.
Last year Marvel hired Brian K. Vaughan, writer of the original comic, to write the script and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said “I think it won’t be a precise story line of any [of his comics], but certainly it will be most similar to the tone or origins of his structure in its initial run”. I’m not sure what they will do about the title as The Runaways has already been claimed by the Dakota Fanning/Kristen Stewart movie which will be out later this year. Maybe just ‘Runaways’ will be allowed and won’t result in lawsuits.