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Hulu Orders Marvel’s ‘RUNAWAYS’ to Series

May 3, 2017

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Hulu has announced that they have picked up Marvel’s RUNAWAYS, from Gossip Girls creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and THE FIRST (working title) about the first human mission to Mars, which was created and written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. RUNAWAYS was originally ordered as a pilot with backup scripts, while THE FIRST got a straight-to-series order.

Marvel’s RUNAWAYS is based on the comics created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona and tells the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand one another but who must unite against a common foe: their parents.

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Starring Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, a loud-and-proud nerd who spends much of his free time playing video games; Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, a tough, angst-ridden budding Wiccan; Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, who, underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity; Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, a purple-haired, riot girl; Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein, a high school heartthrob many write off as a dumb jock but who exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering; and Allegra Acosta as the eternally peppy Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent of the group.

This is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios and executive produced by Schwartz and Savage, along with Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Meanwhile, THE FIRST is executive produced by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tapes, explores the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization in the near future.

Willimon said:

“It’s a story about the human spirit. About our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice– emotional, psychological and physical– that’s required to achieve it. How ordinary, imperfect people band together and overcome a myriad of obstacles to grasp the extraordinary.”

Production on the series will begin later this year to premiere on Hulu in 2018. It owned and produced by Westward Productions, founded by Willimon and Tappis, and co-financed by Hulu, Channel 4 and IMG.

 

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