Marvel's Runaways has brought aboard the composer for This Is Us with its premiere just months away. The new Marvel Television series, the first to be released exclusively on streaming network Hulu, wrapped filming on its pilot episode in March and is now well into post-production. The series is expected to be released sometime in the 2017-18 winter season.
Runaways, which tells the story of a group of teenagers who leave their homes after discovering that their parents are super-villains from an evil crime syndicate, is Marvel's first concerted effort to reach an even younger audience than that of other series from the company's prolific output. Naturally, the studio wants the music to also reflect this so would be expected to call upon the talents of a composer with experience scoring for shows that appeal to similar demographics. And that's why Marvel Television has reportedly turned to the composer for popular family drama This Is Us.
Film Music Reporter revealed on Friday that the makers of Runaways have hired This Is Us composer Siddhartha Khosla to score the upcoming series. Khosla also composed the music for recent series like The Neighbors, Grandfathered, and The Royals. This Is Us, meanwhile, has been renewed for a second season after an acclaimed first season.
Runaways producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, founders of Fake Empire Productions, also have plenty of experience creating successful dramatic series for teens and young adults, previously helming The O.C. and Gossip Girl. Marvel Television and Fake Empire produced the series alongside ABC Studios subsidiary ABC Signature Studios, which is also producing upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger and New Warriors.
Runaways has already been ordered to series by Hulu, which certainly bodes well for the show's chances of success. There's no doubt that Marvel Television has assembled a strong production team with a good pedigree as far as TV series geared toward young adults, and based on the recently leaked teaser trailer it looks like they're going to deliver.
Marvel Television is certainly on a great run, especially with its mostly acclaimed string of new Netflix series. But Runaways will be the company's first venture into Hulu territory and a unique task as far as the series' target audience goes. As a premiere date inches closer, we're sure to get a better idea of what they have in store.
Runaways is reportedly expected to premiere in the 2017-18 winter season.
Source: Film Music Reporter