A pilot for a live action of Marvel’s comic series Runaways has been picked up by Hulu, Hollywood Reporter discloses.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creators of Gossip Girl, have reportedly teamed up with Marvel Television in order to create the series originally written and drawn by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, and Takeshi Miyazawa. In it, several super powered teens are fighting to survive more than the usual adolescent angst when it comes to facing down their parents: the story of the comics follows six very different teens as they try to escape their parents’ influence after finding out that they all belong to the Pride, the secret criminal society that controls crime in Los Angeles. Afraid of what their legacy might be in the face of this revelation, they try to work to become heroes instead.
If the adaptation keeps to the original comics, this series should be a breath of fresh air when it comes to variation from the norm:
Another fan-favorite element was the diversity of the teens on the team, both in terms of outlook and gender, but also sexuality, with the group featuring LGBTQ characters (Hollywood Reporter)
While the MCU (and Hollywood in general) doesn’t have a great track record with introducing diversity among the actors casted in adaptations, even when the original works being adapted call for that diversity, it’ll be harder to squeeze out of it in this series without facing serious backlash. Marvel fans will have to wait and see if this series will live up to the high expectations that will arise as production starts.
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