720037runaways7_001_superEXCLUSIVE: Several surprise hires in the Marvel universe today. First, Fox taps James McAvoy to play the young Professor Xavier in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class. Now, Marvel Studios has picked a writer to draft Runaways, the live action film based on the cult favorite comic book (created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan) about the children of supervillains who try to use their evil powers for heroic purposes.

The job has gone to Drew Pearce. Considering the number of scribes who wanted the job, Pearce is a relative unknown but seems a good match for the subject matter when you consider his previous superhero work. Pearce is a British writer who created No Heroics, a humorous UK television series about a bar that’s a hangout for superheros, who aren’t allowed to use their powers while knocking back pints. Pearce will draft Runaways for Pete Sollett, the Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist director who was set in April to direct. His deal’s being made by WME, and here’s a peek at Pearce’s No Heroics:

INtersted Observer
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Truth: BKV and Drew are close friends. I have no doubt this was done with BKV's consent...
Zachary
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Jon: Whedon directing Avengers is a done deal.
Peter
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Nothing against Drew, but I did read Vaughan's RUNAWAYS adaptation and it was astoundingly great -- he's...