Runaways Movie? Not So Fast, Tex. is reporting that the film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona's Runaways has been held up by the studio. I know what you're thinking, because I thought it.  They must be of the mind that the only properties worth spending time and money on are known superheroes, because an unknown superhero movie is no kind of sure thing. 

The short description for those not in the know, is a group of teens who discovered their parents were secretly supervillains, and they… run away, determined not to become corrupted by evil as well.

Yet, the article suggests that the real reason is that Marvel production is already maxed on on the things they can handle, like a bevy of interconnected superhero movies, for example.  They don't want to blow it, so they're going to get to it later, presumably.

I can kind of believe that.  But it also makes for a good cover story.  Still, a good story is a good story, and Runaways made for great comics, and would have the potential to make for a great franchise of all-ages flicks.  In the meantime, director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) has been "invited to take another film first."

We'll see what the future holds. 


  1. Working in Hollywood taught me about something called "Development Hell" Every movie languishes in it for a while….Things like Batman Begins, Superman Returns, those projects were in development for over 10 years with dozens of creative teams attached and dozens of script evolutions. I read offical Batman/Superman drafts at work in 2001 with people like Nick Cage and Tony Scott attached to them. Its just how things work in that world. 

  2. They should launch the Runaways movie through "Avengers 2" or something like that.  I’m sure Joss Whedon wouldn’t mind helping pal Brian K Vaughan.

  3. @wallythegreenmonster: I’ve always been curious about what happened to that movie (Batman/Superman). Was it good?

  4. I really liked runaways in the first few years, but I havn’t read much since then.

    The crossover with the "new’ avengers was ok but seemed a little obligatory.

    To me it seemed that they had a pretty finite story- Go on the run for a bit to get their heads together

    then stop their parents before they destroyed the world- Seemed kind of time sensitive.

    But it would appear that Marvel decided to stetch that out unnaturally.  

    However  I maybe  wrong since I haven’t kept up- can anyone tell me how that was handled?

  5. Regrettable from a fan point of view but not all that surprising. . .I wonder if they think about giving this TV treatment at some point.

  6. I think this will likely be a good thing. The Runaways series, for all that it is very separate from, still depends on a collective Marvel universe to interact with and at times, well, run away from.  Having the film(s) come out after said universe has been fully established via the first Avengers film makes reasonably good sense to me.

  7. This would make a great TV show. Like Heroes meets the OC kind of treatment.