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By Daniel Carlson | Industry | May 27, 2008 |

In what really feels like the thousandth comic book adaptation this year, Marvel Studios has announced another film project based on one of its titles. But this one’s different because it could be better than any of the rest of them: Brian K. Vaughan will adapt his own series, Runaways, for the big screen. Vaughan’s comic book is about a group of kids who find out their parents are actually supervillains and who then run away together in an attempt to form a team to take down their folks and save the world. It’s funny, sad, engaging, moving, and just way damn better than anything else Marvel has brought to the screen. What’s more, because Vaughan is involved in taking his creation and adapting it for film, there’s at least a decent chance that the end product could hold a faint echo of the original story’s energy. However, Marvel’s upcoming slate is already set through 2011, so we’ll have to make it through Thor before we get to see a frame of Runaways. Still, I’m hopeful this one will turn out well.

It’s been a hell of a week for 1980s cult franchises featuring scores by Queen. First, there was news of the forthcoming Highlander remake. But there’s more: Columbia is in talks to acquire the rights for a big-screen adaptation of Flash Gordon. The 1980 film version was deeply, deeply stupid — I’ve retained nothing more than the memory of Timothy Dalton wearing what may have been a suit of leaves — but at least it gave us this:

Top that, Hollywood. Breck Eisner (Sahara) is set to direct the new project, but no writers have been attached yet.

On a more serious note, there have been three deaths recently: “Laugh-In” co-creator Dick Martin, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actor Rob Knox, and director/actor Sydney Pollack. Knox, 18, was stabbed to death in a brawl outside a London pub; Martin was 86 and died of respiratory complications in Santa Monica; and Pollack was 73 and died of cancer in Los Angeles. Weird weekend. In honor of Pollack, here’s a clip from Three Days of the Condor:

I know this round-up has been awfully clip-happy, but still, it’s time for the trailer watch. First up is the teaser for D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye, starring Shia LaBeouf and explosions:

Here’s the trailer for The Go-Getter, which played Sundance a few months ago:

And finally, in honor of the news that “Sports Night” is finally getting a quality DVD release, let’s all watch Casey learn the names:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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