Joss Whedon Or Peter Sollett To Direct ‘Runaways’ For Marvel?

The Avengers” isn’t the only Marvel Studios project that Joss Whedon is currently linked to — based on one report, it appears that the “Astonishing X-Men” writer could run away with the big-screen adaptation of “Runaways.”

According to Access Hollywood, Whedon is on a short-list to direct “Runaways,” based on the comic book series created by “Y: The Last Man” scribe Brian K. Vaughan.

But Whedon isn’t the only leading contender, as Deadline offers the conflicting report that “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” director Peter Sollett is in negotiations to direct the superhero project.

“Runaways” focuses on an unlikely alliance forged between several youngsters after they learn that their parents are the founding members of a super villain group. Once the discovery is made, the kids — sorceress Nico Minoru, arrogant Chase Stein, alien Karolina Dean, mutant Molly Hayes, raptor-handler Gertie Yorkes and brilliant Alex Wilder — run away together, only to find themselves pursued by their parents and other super-powered individuals.

While Sollett is undoubtedly a worthy candidate due to his emphasis on youth culture in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” Whedon feels like a natural fit thanks to having worked on the “Runaways” comic books shortly after wrapping his run on “Astonishing X-Men.” It would be nice in a keeping-it-in-the-family sense, as “Runaways” creator Vaughan himself is working on the film’s story.

Recently, “Weeds” actress Allie Grant was rumored for a role in “Runaways” — most likely as Gertie — but there’s currently no official word on the actress’ involvement.

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