Marvel’s RUNAWAYS Stay Hidden; Studio Delays Production

     October 22, 2010

Over the past few months, we’ve been reporting quite regularly on Marvel’s Runaways movie (based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic).  The last time we wrote about it, Keke Palmer was in talks for one of the lead roles, director Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) was all set to helm the film, and production was going to begin early next year.

But according to Deadline, Marvel is hitting the brakes on the movie as Sollett has been “invited to take another film first.”  According to the report, Marvel is busy with projects like The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and they’re also trying to finish up Thor and Captain America.  Instead of trying to tackle too many projects at once, they’re going to take their time with Runaways and they’ve put the project on hold.  More after the jump:

While I was looking forward to Runaways because it was a step in a new direction for Marvel, I always think it’s wise to stop something if you’re unsure.  While Deadline’s report says they were too busy with other projects, it’s also possible the script still isn’t 100% and by delaying the film, they can make it perfect.  Of course, it’s also possible that the story is true and their schedule is just too full.

The thing to know about Marvel is that it’s run by a small group.  Kevin Fiege is a very hands on producer, and with so many other movies in development and the transition of moving over to Disney still happening, perhaps they wanted to let everything settle down before moving forward.

The thing to remember is Disney is counting on Marvel to release a ton of movies in the future and I’m sure there are a lot of plans to bring some Marvel characters to television screens.  While Runaways might be delayed, over the next few years you can expect a ton of Marvel projects to get announced.  If you’re a fan of comic book movies and TV shows, this is a great time.

For those who don’t know, Runaways centers on a group of teenagers who go on the lam when they discover that their parents are a cadre of supervillains known as “The Pride”.  While they’re on the run, each teen discovers they’ve inherited a special gift or ability.

More as we hear it.


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