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What Happened To The Runaways Movie?

The screenwriter speaks. Apparently, it was delayed for the Avengers.

They're not happy about having to wait.

Reports and developments for a RUNAWAYS movie were flying fast and fierce for a while, there. Peter Sollet would direct it, Drew Pearce of NO HEROICS would write it, some actors had even been locked to star in it and then… progress quietly halted. Since the slow-down coincided with the announcement of Marvel TV initiatives, I figured what happened was that RUNAWAYS was being reworked as a show.

Indiewire caught some of Pearce’s comments on a recent screenwriting panel,however, that finally set the record straight. He explained that the project’s been put on hold for a year- -along with other projects - - while Marvel’s putting all its focus on THE AVENGERS. Which makes sense. No matter how much hyberbole you pile on, any statement about how much is riding on that flick would be an understatement.

Anyway, Pearce says Marvel’s happy with his script and they must be especially happy with it, because he’s co-writing IRON MAN 3 with its director, Shane Black. Whenever RUNAWAYS does get rejiggered along with the DR. STRANGE, ANT-MAN and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY flicks, I do still think it'd work better as a TV show. I just don’t see these kids and the Pride, et al, fitting too cleanly into Marvel’s cinematic universe.

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Posted by Wattup

And while we're on the topic, what happened to the Runaways comic book? That thing was like Marvel's hottest commodity for a bit and poof...it pretty much disappeared.

Posted by jakeeboi17

I WANT THE FILM, NOW!

Posted by crazy8504
@Wattup: I agree they left with a such a cliff hanger Its driving me nuts!
Posted by shawn87
@jakeeboi17 said:
I WANT THE FILM, NOW!
 
 
And I want their series back as well. We needs the Runaways back in our lives
Posted by jakeeboi17
@shawn87: Agreed!
Posted by ReVamp

More importantly, WTF happened to the goddamn series eh? I WANT VICTOR MANCHA BACK! 
No but seriously, I think the Idea of the series is much better than the movie, I don't see it working as a movie.

Posted by CATPANEXE

I'm wondering the same about the Power Pack movie Stan Lee used to go on about. I want my Kofi!

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am kind of glad they pushed it that means they will not rush the movie and it can be the best movie it can be. I am excited for this movie because I think Runaways is a great series. I remember I read the first issue of the series on a whim and now it is one of my favorite series. I thought it was a very original comic and I think it can be a very original movie that people will like. 

Posted by haydenclaireheroes
I am kind of glad they pushed it that means they will not rush the movie and it can be the best movie it can be. I am excited for this movie because I think Runaways is a great series. I remember I read the first issue of the series on a whim and now it is one of my favorite series. I thought it was a very original comic and I think it can be a very original movie that people will like. 
Posted by CrazyAsAFox

Whatever happened to The Runaways comics? They were amazing!

Posted by Kairan1979
@Wattup
things got messed up after Runaways traveled to the past. The issues  only go downhill from that point.
Posted by zombietag

yeah tv show is good, probably better than a movie. but definitely live action, not animated.
 
to clarify with what happened to the comics, the series declined a lot after volume 3. almost nobody liked terry moores writing and stories for them, and although ramos is a great artist it didnt seem to work well. what i think happened is after they started writing runaways, the sales dropped a lot. so they switched the team to immonen and pichelli, who were doing great. but by that time it was too late. in fact, if you read the last issue of volume 3, 14, ends on a total cliffhanger! not a small one, a HUGE one with no answers at all. from recent SDCC panels, it seems marvel hasnt started the book again because they "havent found the right story yet" and im okay with that.

Posted by pspin

A film would be good. A tv show would probably be a little better, but it depends on writing 
 
I want the comic back so badly, it was amazing Volume 1 and 2 were great, 3 was pretty good. Mavel seriously needs to get a good writer on this to finish the cliff hanger and start writing really good stuff again 

Posted by jordama

I really hope this doesn't become one of those comic book movies that gets talked about for a decade and never actually happens.

Posted by pikahyper
@CATPANEXE said:
I'm wondering the same about the Power Pack movie Stan Lee used to go on about. I want my Kofi!
It came out back in 1991, trust me you didn't miss much, I've got it on DVD. imdb link.
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Posted by CellphoneGirl

I was wondering the same thing! 
 
Anyways i reallllllly want the comic series to return please :]

Posted by CATPANEXE
@pikahyper: not what I'm referring to. Stan Lee has been discussing a Power Pack movie in the works since around 2007.
Posted by pikahyper
@CATPANEXE: ah well he hasn't exactly been reliable the past 8 or so years, I'm pretty sure any chance of that ever existing was gone once they started making the all-age Power Pack mini's.
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Posted by CATPANEXE
@pikahyper
I'm not sure what you mean. With the Avengers coming out, which most denied, that pretty much sums up every movie Stan has mentioned in an interview with the exceptions of Power Pack and S.H..I.E.L.D. ( and that looks pretty definite given Sam Jacksons dedication to the Fury role really). 

I don't see why the Power Pack mini's would affect the licencing of a product to a movie? The intended direction was a PG movie.
Posted by pspin

Anyone else think Dan Slott could write a good Runaways series, he might even make a good movie too. I love his ASM, it has humor but is still serious, that is what a good Runaways movie/series needs.
Posted by sora_thekey

I saw the auditions for this movie be posted... I want to audition for Chase Stein! :P

Still, as long as this movie gets made someday I am good! :)

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Posted by The Lobster

I don't want to see it if they keep up with the crappy casting. 
 
Lucas Cruikshank, seriously?!!!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Should be a good idea when it finally starts up. I'll see it.

Posted by labarith

Would it be so hard to do a tv show that did fit into the Marvel movieverse?

Posted by jubilee042

it would be a really fun movie i hope its made or a tv show would be nice too but then a generation x or new mutants tv show would be good to

Posted by daikari

I can't wait... I hope it'll be good, I'm really interested in the runaways. I find them more a new unique twist to normal marvel teams. I hope they still continue their comic.

Edited by Dernman

Every time I think of a Runaways movie I think they are going to ruin it. Making it like Zoom or Sky High. 
I can totally see them taking one look at Molly Hayes and turning her and the Runaways into Power Princess and the other kids from Zoom.

Posted by DH69

Gimme my deadpool movie please...and don't **** it up.

Posted by Sammo21

This makes sense to me...this why is Avengers is 2012's only MARVEL movie (that we know of) and they have been working towards this. I am fine with them delaying Runaways, and they don't need to make Runaways a huge Blockbuster thing...

Posted by The Impersonator

What happened to the Runaways movie? 
 
It ran away.

Posted by difficlus
@Sammo21 said:

This makes sense to me...this why is Avengers is 2012's only MARVEL movie (that we know of) and they have been working towards this. I am fine with them delaying Runaways, and they don't need to make Runaways a huge Blockbuster thing...

what about spider man?@The Impersonator said:
What happened to the Runaways movie?  It ran away.
lol
Posted by NorajDawn
@The Lobster : He did not get cast for this, He just like many others wanted to be in it.
Edited by SeanNOLA

I think a Runaways movie/show has already missed its window of opportunity. I always thought the book was designed to capitalize on teen/superhero TV dramas like Smallville and Heroes, but that trend is kinda over. I can't pick up Runaways anymore without thinking the whole jaded-teens concept is very 2007. Maybe that's just me though.

Posted by playdohsrepublic
@SeanNOLA: Actually runaways was never a huge seller for Marvel as a monthly book. It did surprisingly well as the digest trade and that's why Marvel supported it as long as it did. Since BKV left the book it has floundered sales wise. I think that we probably won't get another series until the movie becomes a reality.
Posted by B'Town

I would be thilled with a Runaways series or movie! I'm also very happy about GoG, I really miss the comic.

Posted by MatKrenz

They better take their time in order to make this into a good movie or they will fell my wrath. And for the "They need a mission for a series" I have an awesome one. It's basically that friends of Nico's parents are thrying to resurect The Pride and they started with Gert. Hows taht for a storie ?

Posted by EuanDewar

Thought this was going to be about the band.

Oh well, there's always next time.

Posted by THE_unnamed

the runaways ran away ahahahahahahahaha 

Posted by rokusan23

awww beans.