‘Iron Man 3′ Co-Writer Drew Pearce Talks ‘Runaways’

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Iron Man 3 Writer Talks Runaways Iron Man 3 Co Writer Drew Pearce Talks Runaways

Marvel Studios has a lot of exciting movies in the works right now. Thor 2 begins shooting in the UK next month, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man are slated for release in 2014.

One movie that fans are hoping doesn’t get overlooked is the adaptation of Runaways, a comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan about six kids who discover their parents are members of an evil group – consisting of crime lords, mutants, wizards, aliens, and other evildoers – called the Pride.

The kids join forces to take down their parents and, in the process, discover they have powers of their own (one is a witch, another an alien, another a mutant, etc.). Ultimately, they work together to protect L.A. from super villains vying to fill the void the Pride left behind.

At Comic-Con this year, Iron Man 3 co-writer, Drew Pearce, talked to Girl Gamer Dot Com about the Runaways adaptation. Pearce was asked to work on Iron Man 3 based on a draft he wrote of Runaways a year-and-a-half ago.

When asked about Runaways in the interview, Pearce mentioned his love for the series, saying:

I’ve loved that comic book since the day it came out. And I think Brian K. Vaughan is pretty much a genius. … Truthfully, I’d do anything to get that movie on the big screen. Not anything, but quite a lot.”

The fact that Runaways is a series largely about a group of kids is a refreshing change of pace from the superhero movies we’ve gotten so used to lately. Plus, it naturally lends itself to being a smaller, lower budget movie than the others on Marvel’s docket, which fits with Marvel’s strategy to bring more obscure heroes to the big screen.

Brian Vaughans Runaways Iron Man 3 Co Writer Drew Pearce Talks Runaways

Runaways certainly has its place in the Marvel Universe, and despite (or maybe because of) the contrast to the other movies in the works right now, should fit in nicely. Earlier today, we reported that Marvel is currently exploring a TV series with ABC, so perhaps Runways will take that route.

Would you like to see Runaways make it to the silver screen, or do you think it’s better suited for television?


Source: Girl Gamer Dot Com

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  1. never read the books, but to me, it looks like the sort of thing that could work well as a tv series and then make the jump to the big screen. if they could have a budget similar to what heroes had (it had some decent f/x shots) maybe have them appear briefly in a couple of the future films, esp avengers 2, and they can reference the movie appearances in the tv show. might work if they can get good writers involved. i’ve not heard many good things about joeph loeb, but he seems to be the kiss of death to all things marvel tv related, and he was involved with the aforementioned heroes, and we know how well that worked out.

  2. This could be Marvel Studios’ answer to Fox ‘s X-men. They need to find a way to do this.

    • … I think the Inhumans would be more in line with the X-men than the Runaways.

      • @The Avenger, you’ve got a good point there. Just the ”outcast” theme seems a little X-menish even though they outcast themselves. But yeah totally Inhumans could be closer to X-men but even more obscure. I love Lockjaw and Karnak.

  3. It’s about time they do a Runaways movie!!!

  4. I haven’t read this title but it’s one of the few that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Sounds like it could be a worthy “to-screen” translation waiting to happen.

  5. Nah.
    I’ve read some of the Runaways books when they still had a title, and while they were good, I don’t think they’re “big screen worthy”.
    Maybe they could make it as a tv series, but I really wouldn’t care to watch this as a movie. I’m glad they scrapped the idea to focus on The Avengers instead.

    Bring us Black Panther, Dr Strange, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Ms Marvel, etc.
    There are so many other characters that deserve their chance to shine…

  6. I would love a Runaways movie, I have almost every volume of the series. A tv show would be a bit hard to pull off because of how connected it is with the marvel universe referencing mutants and bringing in characters like Cloak and Dagger, Xmen, and Ultron. If they did a movie focusing on the first three or parts of volume 1 and 3 I think it would be really something special.

    • they would have to drop all references to the x-men and mutants (dang it fox) but, since ant-man is more than likely getting a movie soon, I dont think Ultron would be a stretch. I mean, who else are they going to use as the villain in that movie? egghead?

      • They can’t drop all references to Mutants (they can to X-men) because Molly Hayes (one of the six original members and the youngest off them all) is a super strong mutant. So unless they drop her out of the show completely (which they had better not or some peopel including myself will be pissed) they are gonna have to mention that she’s a mutant at some point or another. Same thing with her parents.

  7. I love the runaways, they actually got me into comics, but honestly it would be hard to make a movie of them work. TV would be a better option

  8. I have to say that I have been anxiously looking forward to and hoping for a Runaways movie for years and I would probably be disappointed if it ended up being a TV show. I think the original 18-issue run on the series would perfectly translate to a major motion picture. As a TV series, it would probably have to end there– especially considering that as a series instead of a movie the constant need for Old Lace would definitely cut into the Gibborim budget (time and money wise).
    This is also probably because after Vaughan stopped writing I lost interest in the series and I think as a TV series they would be too open to improvisation on the original story line (to extend it or make it fit episodically). Plus continuity-wise it seems easier to incorporate the teams limited involvement with the Avengers in the movie-verse where the Avengers are already established as opposed to in a TV show (where I’m not sure you’d be able to get the same actors to cameo, if the cameos indeed happen at all).
    I do think it could be a lower budget film though, especially if you cast mostly unknowns as the main characters. Honestly, I think it should be that way. Any actors people are more familiar with should be playing members of the Pride (their parents). That feels more natural to me; the adults being public figures (Karolina’s parents are even actors in the comic.) while the kids are just that: kids.
    (Just to clarify, I have read several issues of Runaways by other writers but the characterization often fall flat for me. It’s tough to enjoy reading a comic when two or so characters are woefully out of character in on run, and then a different two seem off in the next. People who see Karolina as overly flighty or Molly as unintelligent or something just really grate on my nerves.)

  9. MOVIE!