No Heroics Creator to Write Marvel’s Runaways Movie

Slowly but surely, and quite under the radar (at least as far as the non-fanboy masses are concerned), Marvel Studios is getting their live-action adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s “Runaways” ready for the big screen. After attaching a director in Pete Sollett, the fledgling studio has now tapped “No Heroics” creator Drew Pearce to adapt the comics to the screen for them.

If you haven’t seen Pearce’s “No Heroics”, it’s a British sitcom about superheroes with pretty shitty powers who spend all their time whining in a pub doing what Brits do best in a pub, that is drinking themselves to death. The show was eventually remade in the States with Freddie Prinze Jr. attached to star. I haven’t a clue what’s become of it since, and frankly, I’m too scared to find out.

The movie’s got a pretty nifty premise: the teenage children of supervillains decide they don’t want to follow in their parent’s footsteps and become heroes instead. Kids. Am I right?



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Great book, great characters, and great movie premise. The best part is most of them aren't the children of well known villains so it'd be pretty easy to play up without the worry of taking a villain from another franchise. I'm sure the movie will end with them facing their parents in a climactic battle. I hope this gets off the ground.

  • ulik

    This has the potential to “runaway” with the X-Men fandom and kill a certain teeny bopper vampire franchise. This is a great story and I'm sure will be handled correctly by Marvel Studios. I'm all for it.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Good call on the Twilight thing man. This could easily snatch up fans from across all genres. Thing is they reallyhave to make sure they don't go that same route. It'd be very easy to turn this into 90210 with superheroes.

  • ulik

    LOL! You can't be more than right dude! if it's done with REAL teen issues and not “my parents are rich, I live in Beverly Hills” but with realism with a mixture of Urban & Suburban kids and the realistic things they deal with but the MAIN fact that they find out that they're parents are responsible for some SERIOUSLY terrible problems throught the world then it'll work. I'd love to see it approached like the movie “Crash” but not that dark just separate stories that are all connected and they all connect somehow in the middle.

  • hooligan03

    I could really see it working well if it was set up like Crash but i dont know if it would pull the teeny boppers in as well as they'd actually have to follow a converging plot and not just an a to b to c one.

  • Ulik

    Just add the latest cellphones with texting, Facebook Myspace etc.,High School drama,and BFF/BF & GF stuff and the teens are in.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Texting yes. Facebook/Myspace, yes. HS drama a lil, and BFF stuff definitely. But if anything the BF/GF stuff wouldn't be major except if say one of them had one and had to leave them because of the whole thing with their parents being supervillains. Also I'd have them basically all feeling like they were outsiders and feeling kinda empty due to them all being pretty wealthy (from their parents ill gotten goods) and then stumble on the secret that they are the children of supervillains that have been running crime in LA for decades. They discover they ARE different and embrace it to stop them. Of course some of these exploits would end up on the news and then they'd be getting FB/MS friend requests form people cause they're popular now cause of them saving people and having powers.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I like that idea. I'm thinkin we follow one main character as he/she decides to start looking for the rest of the kids to band together to atop their parents.

  • ULIK

    Yeah,they definitley have to add in all the facebook stuff and whatnot. Having them feel bad about all of the cool stuff and priviledges or better opportunities they have because of they're parent's dirty money would work. Even some of the suburban kids hanging out in “the hood” to feel more “real” or gutter would work. I personally have known kids in High School who chose to go to Public School on purpose when they're parents were originally sending them to Private School. One kid acted out so bad they he was expelled out of all of the Privates Schools in and away form his area so many times that only certain PUBLIC Schools would accept him which is actually where he wanted to be anyway. I knew another kid who literally hung out in a very bad part of Brooklyn,NY and sold drugs because he hated the fact that he really lived in the Suburbs of Long Island,NY and was born with a silverspoon(platinumspoon rather) in his mouth.

  • ULIK

    Yeah,they definitley have to add in all the facebook stuff and whatnot. Having them feel bad about all of the cool stuff and priviledges or better opportunities they have because of they're parent's dirty money would work. Even some of the suburban kids hanging out in “the hood” to feel more “real” or gutter would work. I personally have known kids in High School who chose to go to Public School on purpose when they're parents were originally sending them to Private School. One kid acted out so bad they he was expelled out of all of the Privates Schools in and away form his area so many times that only certain PUBLIC Schools would accept him which is actually where he wanted to be anyway. I knew another kid who literally hung out in a very bad part of Brooklyn,NY and sold drugs because he hated the fact that he really lived in the Suburbs of Long Island,NY and was born with a silverspoon(platinumspoon rather) in his mouth.