Worrying news today/last week, as it turns out that the long-mooted and recently announced for realsies Runaways film is currently being written by Drew Pearce. Whilst Pearce is a good writer - ignore his slightly rubbish TV show 'No Heroics' which aired on ITV and focus instead on... actually yes, focus mainly on his TV show No Heroics. He wrote a TV show! About heroes! Hurray for him! We certainly didn't just have a nightmarish flashback to the celebrity gossip show 'Lip Service' he wrote for a few years ago! Shudder.
Sorry about that. Where we were? Ah yes, Drew Pearce is a writer. So, he's going to be handling the script for the adaptation of the popular comic-book series, and that's a slightly worrying thing. Not because of the fact he has yet to write something which would indicate that he can make this film as good as the comic, but because not too long ago Brian K. Vaughan stated that he would be writing the screenplay himself. Obviously something has happened since he first said that, but what that is exactly isn't too clear. Perhaps Marvel didn't like the script, or maybe BKV is busy with something else (although most of his comics have now ended, he might have other projects which simply haven't been announced yet); but at any rate the man who created the series and made it great... is no longer writing the movie. That's sad news.
Should we all boycott the film, then? Well, possibly. The series itself has been killed off by Marvel, after Joss Whedon spent approximately five years to write approximately four issues (with that work rate, maybe he should get involved with Britain's 2012 Olympic planning committee), and subsequent stories by Terry Moore and Kathryn Immonen simply couldn't make up for all the readers Whedon shed. So with the film in the near future, this does at least give us the opportunity to see the characters return to Marvel. The impact of a movie being made about them in the first place is an encouraging enough sign for other lesser-known characters such as Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and other characters who could in future be drawn into their own movies. The other good news is that this series will liekly result in Marvel releasing a new volume of the series - hopefully written by either Immonen or Vaughan himself - which will bring the characters back to their former popularity. Apart from Molly Hayes - the breakout favourite Runaways character - none of the others have really spent much time in the Marvel Universe as a whole, and without the film will probably never been seen again.
So mark this one under "wait and see".