Marvel Hires Black List Scribe Chris McCoy for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Plus More Details on Which Team Members Will Appear

     August 2, 2012

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Progress marches on for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the superheroic studio has tapped three-time Black List scribe Chris McCoy for a script rewrite.  The first pass on the space adventure film was turned in by Nicole Perlman, a graduate of Marvel’s writing program (which no longer exists).  Perlman’s previous projects included Challenger, a draft about the 1986 shuttle disaster and an untitled project centering on Neil Armstrong.  While she clearly has the space angle down, McCoy’s efforts have been positively singled out for their “quirky comedic bents.”  More on McCoy and Guardians of the Galaxy after the jump.

Heat Vision reports that McCoy will do a rewrite on the Guardians of the Galaxy script, the first film of Marvel’s second wave that is an original, non-sequel. McCoy had previously had three of his films selected for the Black List: 2007’s Get Back, 2009’s Good Looking and 2011’s Good Kids. Per their article, here’s another look at which of the characters we can expect to see in the film when it debuts on August 1st, 2014:

guardians-of-the-galaxy-rocket-raccoonDrax The Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the villain in the Avengers final scene tease); Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien inter-galactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him.

I’m not familiar with Perlman’s work or that of McCoy, but if we end up with some semblance of a Challenger level space drama with that “quirky comedic bent” that may be necessary for casual moviegoers (that raccoon is going to be a tough sell), Guardians should fit right at home in the Marvel movie universe.  What say you?

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