Netflix, Fox, ABC and now it appears Hulu are getting into the superhero game with Marvel after it was announced they have commisioned an adaptation of the comic book Runaways.
The people behind the project are Gossip Girl’s Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage, with backing from Marvel Television and ABC Signature. Hulu have only ordered a pilot at this stage, but if all goes well, there could be an new superhero show to look out for.
Created in 2003 by Brian K. Vaughan (Buffy Season 8, Saga) and Adrian Alphona (Ms. Marvel, Uncanny X-Force), Runaways follows a gang of teens who, well… run away… when they discover their parents are part of a super-villain group called ‘The Pride’. Upon learning their true heritage, some discover they have abilities, so set out with their new found powers (along with magical items stolen from their evil parents), to defeat ‘The Pride’.
“We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television,” commented Marvel God (i’m sure that’s his official title) Jeph Loeb. “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 are obviously no strangers to teen drama and powered heroes, having not only created Gossip Girl, but Schwartz was also co-creator of The O.C. and Chuck. The duo will serve as showrunners, with Loeb as EP, along with Daredevil’s Jim Chory.
As this is only a pilot order, there’s obviously no air date information yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.