Marvel Hires Black-List Screenwriter For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'
Chalk this one up as another big 'who cares?'
By Corwin Neuse Aug 3, 2012 7:41AM
Marvel might not be the only studio left in Hollywood—although it might be the only one left consistently making money—but some days it feels that way. Today, apparently, is one of those days, as The Hollywood Reporter breathlessly brings us the news that they have hired thrice Black List-nominated screenwriter Chris McCoy to re-write the script for their upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy." Yeah. Good luck to him.
Unlike "The Avengers"—which enjoyed five lead-in movies that essentially served as feature-length trailers, starred a roster of mildly well-known (Hawkeye) to insanely popular (Iron Man) heroes, and was hotly anticipated for years before its eventual release—"Guardians of the Galaxy" faces an uphill battle to success, or even respectability. Indeed, the project will seemingly have to overcome a) the public's near-complete ignorance of its prior existence, b) the fact that it's essentially about the adventures of a sentient space raccoon, a green dude with guns, and a walking tree, and c) the fact that it's essentially about the adventures of a sentient space raccoon, a green dude with guns, and a walking tree. Mr. McCoy certainly has his work cut out for him.
Nicole Perlman, a graduate of Marvel's now-defunct writing program, wrote the previous (initial) draft of the script. McCoy, although he remains un-produced, has placed his scripts "Get Back," "Good Looking," and "Good Kids" on the Black List, an annual compendium of Hollywood's best unmade screenplays.