Marvel to Start Production on ‘Runaways’ Early 2011

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am,

marvel runaways movie Marvel to Start Production on Runaways Early 2011

Marvel’s Runaways comic book series made headlines earlier this year when Hollywood talent including the likes of Joss Whedon and Peter Sollett became associated with a film adaptation of the property. Whedon of course became the helmsman for The Avengers and Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) was chosen to direct Runaways.

With a director found and writer Drew Pearce (No Heroics) signed to pen the screenplay, all we needed was a timetable and today we got just that.

Production Weekly reports that Runaways will begin production between January and July of 2011. While that’s a wide timeframe, it does place its release date sometime in 2012 alongside The Avengers which also begins filming early next year.

Debuting in 2003 from creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways is an award-winning comic series which follows the story of a group of six teenagers who learn that their parents are super-villains. Together they gather weapons and run away to learn more about themselves and the powers they have, using them for good.

The comic series has been on hiatus for quite some time but we can expect a restart in the near future – especially now with news that the movie is on track for a production start within a year.

We are also now back on track with Marvel Studios’ plan to have two theatrical releases of feature films per year. We of course will see Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America debut next summer and Runaways likely coming out after The Avengers the following summer.

Where does this leave the long-awaited Ant-Man movie by Edgar Wright? Could this project enter production sometime next year and also release in 2012 or do we still have to wait another 3 years before seeing this long-in-development film become a reality? How about S.H.I.E.L.D. and the many other rumored projects in early development from Marvel Studios?

Hopefully with the financial power of Disney, Marvel can up the production capabilities to start work on movies for many of our favorite characters. It’s an exciting time to be a fan.

Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll found out about the rest likely at Comic-Con 2010 next week!

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Source: Production Weekly

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  1. I expect Ant Man will make a 2013 apperance likely along side Iron man 3.

    Honestly I wish a shield movie wouldn’t happen it’s really not needed. I’m sure most will be tired of Fury by the time Avengers comes out.

  2. Personally I never liked Runaways it’s not bad writing I just find it uninteresting.

    The news today I’m more interested in is Jackson supposidly casting Hobbit, Marvel making a Loki mini series and the possibility that Chuck Star Zack Levi might be superman… Not a good fit by the way Adam Baldwin would be better for the role. That guy needs to play a hero he just looks like one.

    • I called this ages ago!

      I think Zack Levi would be a great Superman, he has the correct mix of geek charm and can quickly switch to hero.

  3. Superman shouldn’t look geeky. Levi is an awful choice for Superman he doesn’t have the look at all. That would be like casting Steve Buchimi as Thor give me a break.

    • Watching him alongside Brandon Routh in Chuck further points at how good this guy is and how much more suited to the role he is than Routh. Go back and watch an episode with him and Kristen Kreuk…

  4. hmmm if there were ever a “Twilight” Superhero book this would be the one. However in reading it I would hope the movie is more enjoyable then Twilight.

    I really enjoyed the earlier stories and if I am not mistaken there was not a lot of fights.. I may have to go back and check them out again.

  5. Yup 1st 6 issues the only bit of fighting is uh… well I guess spoiler alert…
    Between the parents and kids. At the end of 6 they are holing up in their hideout after their parents put out an APB on them. Which to me ends movie 1 fairly well.

    Then depending how well its done the 2nd movie comes in right where the 1st one left off.

  6. Not an enormous fan of Runaways, but I’m still looking forward to it. I’ll watch anything Marvel Studios produces. Hopefully they’ll keep picking up momentum and keep releasing new films at faster rates. I think five a year would be the perfect number.