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Runaways

Marvel Comics Runaways 1

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In May 2008, a film version of the comic was in the scripting process, with Brian K. Vaughan writing and Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, producing. Feige has said, "In our discussions with Brian, we wanted him to be the person to bring it to life. I think it won't be a precise story line of any [of his comics], but certainly it will be most similar to the tone or origins of his structure in its initial run". A 2011 release was considered, as Feige had expected a finished script in early 2009.

In April 2010, Peter Sollett emerged as the front runner to direct the movie. In May 2010, British screenwriter Drew Pearce, known for the TV series No Heroics, was reported to be writing the film for Marvel Studios. In July 2010, it was reported that filming would begin sometime between March - July 2011. On August 5, 2010, preliminary casting for the film began. Since the casting call was released, a significant amount of fan controversy arose due to the fact the casting call hadn't specified an Asian-American actress to play Nico Minoru, despite the fact that the casting call specified an African American to play Alex Wilder.

Marvel responded by saying, "To address your concern over casting for the role of Nico, as we do with all of our films, we intend to stay true to the legacy and story of the comic when casting these parts. Thus, our goal is to cast an Asian American actress as depicted in the comic series and the casting notice will be adjusted accordingly." Actress Keke Palmer revealed in an issue of Essence magazine that she had been approached for the Runaways film. The exact quote was, "I've had a nice little break with the steady TV show but I'm definitely ready to do some more films again. I was just asked to join a new Marvel comic project called, Runaways."

Not long after, Lucas Cruikshank revealed he also auditioned for the film. In October 2010, production plans were halted due to Marvel focusing on The Avengers. The film could be scheduled for release sometime in 2014. In March 2013, Kevin Feige said during an interview that they elected not to make the film, but that Drew Pearce had been reassigned to Iron Man 3 on the strength of his Runaways script. Marvel Studios are developing Blade, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Runaways and Doctor Strange films.  On September 24, 2013, Pearce revelaed that the film is now shelved due of the success of The Avengers. 

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