Marvel’s misfits have been trapped in a perpetual state of ‘development’ for years now. With attempts to adapt their antics into a live-action film falling through on more than one occasion, it seems Hulu will step up with an alternate plan of adapting the Runaways for the small screen on their streaming network.
Marvel Entertainment has officially given the green light to turn Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona’s team of super-powered teenagers into a television series. Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will executive produce the Runaways TV series, which focuses on a group of six teenagers who discover that their parents are actually a band of supervillains and (as their title states) run away into the broader world of Marvel.
“I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” Schwartz said.
“We’ve known the Runaways‘ story would make great television,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said. “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.”
Beginning in 2003, Runaways’ core characters Karolina Dean (the daughter of alien invaders), Nico Minoru (the daughter of wizards), Molly Hayes (the daughter of mutants), Chase Stein (the son of mad scientists), Alex Wilder (the son of mafia bosses), and Gertrude Yorkes (the daughter of time-traveling criminals. The series would eventually add Old Lace, a genetically engineered dinosaur hailing from the 87th century, and so forth.
Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce had previously teased a television adaptation of the comic after creating a film script for what was supposed to be a feature film.
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