Production Weekly is reporting that Marvel Studios will begin production on the big screen adaptation to Brian K Vaughan‘s Runaways in January 2011, with production scheduled until July 2011. A few months back it was reported that British screenwriter Drew Pearce was hired to write the adaptation, with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist helmer Peter Sollett signed to helm the project.

I had heard that Marvel is getting antsy (pun intended) to get Ant-Man in production with Edgar Wright in the director’s chair, but the studio has to wait for Wright to become available as he’s currently finishing up work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and has a few months of promotion to endure. While we can’t confirm this start date, it seems likely that Runaways was the next ready project in the production chain, and an announcement could be made at Comic-Con later this month.

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Drew Pearce To Adapt Marvel’s Runaways


Marvel Studios has hired British screenwriter Drew Pearce to write the big screen adaptation to Brian K Vaughan‘s Runaways. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist helmer Peter Sollett is signed to helm the adaptation.

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RunawaysI knew it was going to happen eventually, Marvel Studios has announced that they will be brining Brian K Vaughn‘s Runaways to the big screen. Vaughn, best known for the critically acclaimed Y: The Last Man Series (also in some stage of development with DJ Caruso and possibly starring Shia LaBeouf), created Runaways in 2002 with Adrian Alphona, and is also penning the screenplay. It should be noted that Vaughn is also a co-producer and writer for LOST.

The series follows a group of teenagers discover that their parents are an organized group of super villains called The Pride. On the run from their homes, the group bands together and begin a journey of discovery, both of their parents’ origins and of their own inherited powers.

Unlike most other books in the Marvel universe, the individual Runaways story arcs are collected in small, manga-sized trade paperbacks. In 2006, the series won the Harvey Award for best continuing/limited series. Geek god Joss Whedon, a vocal fan of the book, took over the series after Vaughan and Alphona left at issue #24 of the title’s second volume.

Marvel is not ready to set a date for this latest adaptation or the previously announced Ant Man.

source: THR