Back in July, we got word that Marvel was targeting 2011 for filming to begin on “Runaways,” a live-action feature based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series. Now it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the story of a group of supervillains’ children who decide to end their parents’ evil ways.
Deadline reports that Marvel’s busy calendar has prompted the studio to take their time with “Runaways” and not push to get the film rolling by 2011. According to the site, “Runaways” director Peter Sollett (“Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist”) was invited to take on another project between now and whenever Marvel decides to move forward with the film.
The site also indicated that worries about the audience demographic weren’t a factor in the decision to slow the “Runaways” schedule, and that the project is being described as “the ‘Breakfast Club’ of superhero saga” in Hollywood circles.
While I’m not sure if “The Breakfast Club” is the right comparison to make with “Runaways,” anyone who’s read Vaughan’s hit series can attest to its unique place in the greater superhero landscape. After all, it’s not every title that gets Joss Whedon as a writer for one of its story arcs.
Most recently, actress Keke Palmer indicated that she was asked to join the “Runaways” cast, though exactly which character she’d play is still uncertain.