Runaways was first introduced to the Marvel universe by comic creator Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) in the summer of 2003. The story follows a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are evil masterminds.
For years now, particularly since the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an adaptation of the series for both film and television have been rumored; however, nothing has come to fruition — that is, until now.
Deadline is reporting that Marvel and Hulu have come to an agreement for a pilot episode as well as additional scripts in hopes of a full season greenlight. Still in the early stages of development, no characters or cast have been announced as of yet, but the showrunners for Runaways have been revealed: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) are the creative team behind the new show. Deadline writes, “Written by Schwartz and Savage, Marvel’s Runaways will tell the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe — their parents.” Now that sounds cool, but if you want to dig a little deeper, check out the description of the comic:
They were six normal teenagers linked only by their wealthy parents’ annual business meeting…until a chance discovery revealed the shocking truth: their parents are the secret criminal society known as the Pride! For years, the Pride controlled all criminal activity in Los Angeles, ruling the city with an iron fist…and now, with their true natures exposed, the Pride will take any measures necessary to protect their organization – even if it means taking out their own children! Now on the run from their villainous parents, Nico, Chase, Karolina, Gertrude, Molly and Alex have only each other to rely on.
Runaways, especially Vaughan’s run on the series (which lasted 24 issues), is one of my favorite series of all time. Even though it fits within the Marvel comics universe, it still feels like its own entity, and Vaughan’s story was honest, tragic, and touching — expertly revealing what it means to be a teenager and a hero. Hopefully the show will live up to the source material, but if Schwartz’s and Savage’s previous television credits are any indication, they surely have what it takes to capture the essence of teenage life in both a dramatic and a humorous way.