Drew Pearce Talks RUNAWAYS Movie; Compares the script to the Godfather
Collider recently sat down with Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce and they briefly talked about the Runaways movie that the writer was hired to write 4 years ago before the project was shelved in favour of the Avengers. Hit the jump!
Back in 2010 writer Drew Pearce was hired by Marvel to write the 'Runaways'.The series focused on a group of teenagers who runaway when they discover that their parents are a group of supervillains known as “The Pride”. As the kids try to find their way, they stumble upon surprising aspects of their birthrights. It’s a great story about adolescence intertwined with Marvel Universe staples such as aliens, mutants, and magic. It was created by Brian K. Vaughan.
Drew talked about his first meeting with Marvel
"I adore the comics, and the first thing I ever talked to Marvel about. In my first general meeting with Marvel, they were like, “We love No Heroics! If there was anything you’d like to do at Marvel, what would it be?” and Runaways was at the top of my list. I think Brian [K. Vaughan] is—often a misused word—a genius. Saga currently shows that as well as anything else,".
He talks about whether he was starting from the first arc or jumping further into the series:
"So yeah, I had used the first arc as my template. It’s a hugely cinematic arc. I can’t really comment on how I used the twist, but I think thus far you can see from some of the stuff I’ve done I do quite like a twist. You can definitely presume that some of the zig-zagging that goes on in Runaways the comic made it into the movie."
He then goes to compare the film with the Godfather of the MCU. Not interns of the masterpiece the God father was but in terms of dealing with the same themes of crime,
"But I think the big difference being that—as grandiose as it sounds—cinematically I wanted it to reflect (and this is going to sound ridiculous), but for me, Runaways can be The Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And The Pride in my version were an even more branded crime syndicate. I think if you then look at the arcs and character twists you were talking about, and that lineage, it’s in a very analogous way."
"Plus, what I think is so original about Runaways is that it takes sort of the Spider-Man conceit of “With great power comes great responsibility” and I actually played that out on the other side of the fence. The kids realize that through the misuse of power by their parents, and then have to find their own journey like it’s a mirror of that. I think there is nothing like it in the world, in the world of superhero comics and in superhero movies. And I think it could be brilliant. As you can hear, I’m so deeply passionate about it, and I have no idea whether or not it gets made."
It would have been quite a breath of fresh air to see the opposite effect to Unle Ben's 'With great power comes great responsibilty', something that hasn't really been explored in the comic book movies with the exception of Josh Trank's Chronicle.
Before ending the interview, Pierce talks about whether he consulted with Joss Whedon given that Whedon wrote a run of the Runaways after Brian K. Vaughn,
"No, actually. I never have. Whenever I see him, he is rushing down a corridor to a vis-effects meeting for one or another Avengers movie, and I’m slightly walking less busily in the other direction, and we say, “Hello.” It’s not actually something we’ve talked about. His run on the comic would definitely be a contender for third in the movie trilogy you would do with Runaways when it starts to get deeply cosmic and time travel becomes more of an expansive part of the story. And I love what he did with it. If anyone’s going to take over for BKV, it has to be Joss Whedon."
So what do you guys think? Would you have to liked to see the film?
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