Runaways isn’t a seventies rock band or a movie adaptation starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, it’s a Marvel comic book. The studio is looking to produce a big screen adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughn property and they have two directors in the running for the job, Joss Whedon and Peter Sollet.
According to Deadline, Sollett whose previous work includes Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has been named as the lead contender to direct Runaways. They state that he’s currently in negotiations for the film, but at the same time The Playlist is claiming that Joss Whedon is also a possibility. Whedon is no stranger to the series because he did a brief run as the comic’s writer after Vaughn left. Plus he knows a thing two about writing for strong female characters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Dollhouse,” and “Firefly” are just a few of his projects that feature women who kick ass.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Runaways, Deadline describes it as The Breakfast Club with superheroes. It centers on the children of supervillains who are cursed with evil powers but use them for heroic purposes. The group embarks on a journey to find their heroic origins, while trying to repair all the damage their parents have done.
Nothing against Sollett, but I would love to see Whedon take this story to the big screen. He’s such a great writer and he really knows how to tackle this kind of material. Unfortunately, something tells me that the studio might go with Sollett on this one, which is a shame because Whedon could work some serious magic here.
Who do you think should direct Runaways?