It looks like Hulu is about to embark on a comic book venture with a production based on Marvels comic book series ‘Runaways’.
It comes from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. The order is for a pilot plus additional scripts with an eye toward a full-season greenlight.
‘Runaways’ centres on a group of teens who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime syndicate. The comic was created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Written by Schwartz and Savage, Marvel’s Runaways will tell the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents.
“I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” said Schwartz.
Added Savage, “Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
The comic book series was launched back in 2003 and remains in print. There was a short break when the book was cancelled in 2004, but got brought back by popular demand. The comic also has the distinction of being the only title from Marvel that is not set in New York. In Runaways the action takes place in Malibu.
The TV series stems from a few conversations Schwartz and Savage had with executives from Marvel TV over the past year. The project was developed under the overall deal Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire had at ABC Studios where Marvel TV also is based.
Teen drama and coming age stories is very familiar ground for Schwartz and Savage who have worked on series such as ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The OC’.
“We’ve known the Runaways‘ story would make great television,” said Jeph Loeb, EP and Head of Marvel Television, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie — who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience — write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”
Schwartz and Savage will serve as Showrunners on the series alongside Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil) Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will produce as well.
Marvel TV has Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC and several series on Netflix, including ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘The Punisher’ as well as ‘The Defenders’.
In order to see the series when it premiers. You will likely have to subscribe to Hulu.