It looks like one of Marvel’s screenwriters is gig-hopping from one series to another. Tamara Becher just announced she’ll be working on Runaways for Hulu following her stint on Netflix’s Iron Fist.
New gig, day one. pic.twitter.com/o9qZyn8jPY— Tamara Becher (@trbecher) September 26, 2016
The writer took to Twitter to confirm her new job. She posted an image of Runaways: The Complete Collection - Volume One along with a short message that reads, “New gig, day one.”
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will act as showrunners on the series. The pair will act as executive producers alongside Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Televsion) and Jim Chory. Lis Rowinski will produce as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with Runaways, then you should know the cult favorite series started in 2003. The comic was created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. Originally slated as a miniseries, Runaways blew Marvel Comics away with its popularity, prompting them to turn the series into a monthly one. Runaways earned Vaughan an Eisner Award and was listed in the Top Ten Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 2006.
Runaways follows a group of mismatched teenagers: Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, and Gertrude Yorkes. The teens united after they learn that their parents are secretly members of a supervillain ensemble known as The Pride. After seeing their parents sacrifice a young woman, the teens steal what they can from their parents before - well - running away. Hoping to expose their parents’ secrets, the teenager use their own powers to right the wrongs of their parents.
The series will be a first for both Marvel Television and Hulu. The pair have not partnered before to create original content, so fans are curious to see what tone Runaways will carry. Marvel’s collaborations with Netflix are famous for their dark and gritty tone, something that doesn’t necessarily suit Runaways. While the series definitely has its darker moments, the fan-favorite series revels in levity and well-timed humor as well.
With Runaways headed for the small screen, fans of the comics are excited to see how the adaptation comes off. After Vaughan and Alphona departed from Runaways in 2007, the comic floundered as creative control bounced around from team to team. The series eventually closed with the Runaways being integrated into the largest Marvel Universe.
Tamara Becher isn’t the only Marvel Television alum who plays double-team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott Reynolds, a writer on Jessica Jones, signed onto Iron Fist.
Currently, there’s no official release date attached to Runaways. Fans are speculating the series might not air until 2018, but here’s to hoping the ragtag team of teenagers reaches Hulu’s streaming service sooner rather than later.