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!

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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."

Pearce added,
"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?
Source: Collider
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TelaVizion - 2/7/2014, 1:18 PM
I want a Runaways movie and a Young Avengers movie.... Young Avengers would do best to come after Avengers 3
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:20 PM
Is there anyone one who would have actually preferred this over the Avengers? I'm so glad they decided to go for Avengers.. Not too familiar with Runaways. Would they even be that worthy of receiving a film? Are they Avengers scale?
JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 1:20 PM
They should do a extended one shot of Runaway

Then work on doing a tv show...
ALegendaryPanda - 2/7/2014, 1:22 PM
I have no idea who the Runaways are but it sounds interesting.
McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 1:22 PM

TelaVizion - 2/7/2014, 1:22 PM
A New X-Men/Hellions movie would have been great to get, but I don't think FOX could have ever pulled that off properly as it was done in the comics.
SpiderParker - 2/7/2014, 1:24 PM
Anything on Cap2?
MrCBM56 - 2/7/2014, 1:24 PM

That good? How about a scale on 1 to 10? Man I can't wait for it!! N
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:25 PM
i personally liked the work he did on IM3 and all hail the king and reading what he would have done with the runaways sounds cool and i would love to seeit,hopefully they make it a netflix series
themidnightking - 2/7/2014, 1:27 PM
Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for Cap2 any longer!
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:27 PM
Is anyone able to clarify wether or not Paul Bettany having makeup tests for the vision was just a rumor? Debunked? Or was he actually with Jeremy Renner for AOU? (off topic)
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:28 PM
MCNYAGANO-oh man, i wish i could ask u something about the film but i know u wouldnt be able to answer it
Kurne - 2/7/2014, 1:28 PM

JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 1:28 PM

That's the type of show that should be on ABC

Whoever was a fan of Heroes would dig this show

Marvel fans will too

Teenagers will too
Pasto - 2/7/2014, 1:29 PM
Screw you man, low blow. I hate you sooooooo so so much.

I love you...
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:30 PM
also side note_ this is about guardians, do u think this might be the case?

think by the time they are marketing this movie, we will be bombarded with clips,tv spots that we will say" stop marvel, you showed us the whole movie" i think they need to show the first trailer with a big hyped film and i think out of the ones coming out in the coming weeks, it has to be Captain America 2, there is no movie imo that has alot of hype besides Cap that is coming up int he coming weeks so i hope they show a trailer in march cause Cap is coming out in some countries in march and showa 5 min preview with Cap aswell ala cap 2 preview with thor 2
JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 1:31 PM

U saw Cap2!?!


How was it bruh?
McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 1:32 PM
Guys I can't really discuss anything too specific but this maybe my favourite MCU film. Still trying to process everything.
ALegendaryPanda - 2/7/2014, 1:35 PM

You lucky bastard! Lol
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:36 PM
Mcnyagano-ok,is the tone of the film consistent with the tone that the trailers have shown?
SpiderParker - 2/7/2014, 1:36 PM
Can you just say if rumors about the post credit scene was true or not?
McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 1:42 PM
There was no post credits scene. :/
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:43 PM
McNya- Is this a joke? How and where did you see it?
SpiderParker - 2/7/2014, 1:43 PM
Oh damn... I was thinking they wouldn't show a post-credit scene in test screening..
ALegendaryPanda - 2/7/2014, 1:44 PM

I don't think they show the post-credit scenes at advanced screenings
ALegendaryPanda - 2/7/2014, 1:44 PM
Oh nevermind lol
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:45 PM
@McNya and everyone else- I don't think they have filmed the after credits scen yet which they will inure before releasing it officially u know what I mean?
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:45 PM
SpiderParker - 2/7/2014, 1:45 PM
@AlegendaryPanda I had the same thought but just wanted to be sure.
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:48 PM
@ezio- I'm sure they will start releasing footage next month. Any later would be ridiculous...
McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 1:49 PM
It's the most emotional MCU film to date.
JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 1:49 PM

Okay well how was the movie overall?
Did it have some great fight scenes?

Nick56 - 2/7/2014, 1:50 PM
Why is this writer still getting work in the CBM field?
MrCBM56 - 2/7/2014, 1:50 PM
Damn. I can't wait! TWS WILL be the best MCU this year. I didn't see the film but I'm confirming it.
SpiderParker - 2/7/2014, 1:50 PM
When does the embargo end?
JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 1:50 PM

McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 1:49 PM

It's the most emotional MCU film to date.

Ahh man I hate u soo much right now
I hope your eyes turn into some uncontrollable optic beams now
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:51 PM
NICK56-u might not have liked iron man 3 but alot of people did,plus he wasnt the one guy responsible for everything in IM3, alot of the power wasith shane black, hell he fix some things people had problems with in Im3 with all hail the king
ezio619 - 2/7/2014, 1:52 PM
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:53 PM
If this is the most Emotional film to date then I guess that would bump the fist Thor film to being the Second most emotional MCU film imo. Anyone think that there is any other MCU movie that contained more emotion than Thor (2011)?
Marvel1997 - 2/7/2014, 1:54 PM
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