The teenaged superheroes of “Runaways,” a relatively new Marvel Comics saga, are making the leap onto the big screen.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has teamed up with series co-creator Brian K. Vaughan for the movie adaptation, with Vaughan – who is also a co-producer and writer on ABC’s “Lost” – penning the script.
The comic, which launched in 2002, follows a group of teenagers who run away from their homes after discovering their parents are actually super-villains.
The characters join forces and begin to learn about their parents’ origins, while also discovering their own inherited powers and trying to make up for their parents’ evil deeds.
“Runaways” won critical praise for its honest portrayal of teen issues and received a Harvey Award for best series in 2006.
Marvel is the studio behind the recent silver-screen adaptation of “Iron Man,” which was greeted with commercial and critical success.
“Runaways” isn’t expected to hit theatres for some time, as the studio already has a stack of films in the works through 2011. These include “Iron Man 2″ (April 2010), “The First Avenger: Captain America” (May 2011), “Thor” (June 2010) and “The Avengers” (July 2011).
Marvel also just announced they are developing “Ant-Man” for the big screen.