Runaways to hit theaters!

RunawaysBrian K. Vaughan created Y: The Last Man (which is in production at New Line), and he’s a co-producer and writer on Lost. But, to me, he’ll always be the guy who co-created (with artist Adrian Alphona) and wrote one of the best new comics in years: Runaways. Now, according to an article at The Hollywood Reporter with the worst headline of all time, that property is set to be made into a live-action film, with Vaughan writing the script for the adaptation.

Runaways centers on a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are supervillains, members of a cabal known as The Pride. They run away from home, searching for clues about their parents and trying to undo the evil The Pride has done. But the most interesting aspect of the book is its treatment of the teenage experience. The personalities in Runaways are nuanced and incredibly well-developed, and the characters, aside from the fantastical premise, have real problems that are handled with empathy and without melodrama.

Similar to Ant-man, Runaways remains in preproduction for the moment while the spotlight is on Marvel Studios’ four upcoming, interlinked titles.

It is worth noting the importance of this property getting the big screen treatment. Runaways debuted in 2002. Compare that to the lion’s share of other big-budget comics book films, all with debuts 30-40+ years ago and built in fan bases that cross generation lines. Even Hellboy debuted in the early nineties. If Runaways (and Y: The Last Man, as well) is a success, it could usher in a wave of big-budget comic book films, despite their current fan base. And if, as would be logical, the film covers the first arc of the series, it would have all the markers for a successful film. For those new to the series, the first arc has everything from relationship drama and jaw-grinding suspense to large scale action and more than a hint of the supernatural. (AND A DINOSAUR! — gm)

In all seriousness, Runaways is one of the best comics either of the Big Two have released in years, and I couldn’t be happier to see it hitting theaters (no matter how long we have to wait).

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Posted on May 22, 2008 at 18:54 by JasonS@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-05-23 at 13:18

    Abigail Breslin for Molly! Blake Lively for Karolina!

  2. Written by scruffy
    on 2008-05-23 at 13:39

    I can’t stand Abigail Breslin. I would say Dakota Fanning, except they should save her to play Layla, should they ever make an X-Factor movie.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-05-24 at 13:10

    Wrong answer! :)

    I think Dakota Fanning is too old. Maybe Elle Fanning, assuming it takes a few years for this to get off the ground; she’s a bit too young right now.

  4. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-05-26 at 09:25

    Ooh, This is gonna be good. I feel safer about it than most other comic movies. It seems hard to screw up, somehow.

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