‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Hires Black List Writer

We’re just under two years to the day until “Guardians of the Galaxy” blasts off into theaters. There’s a whole lot of work to be done on that front, from finding a director to casting the thing. Before any of that, however, Marvel needs to get the script right.

To that end, three-time Black List writer Chris McCoy has been hired by Marvel Studios to tackle the latest draft of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter reports that McCoy will handle the rewrite following the first draft written by Nicole Perlman, a “graduate of Marvel’s now-defunct writing program.”

McCoy’s previous credits include Black List scripts “Get Back” in 2007, “Good Looking” in 2009 and “Good Kids” in 2011, with his work “praised for [its] quirky comedic bent,” or so says THR. Sounds like a good fit for the guy who needs to put quips in Rocket Raccoon’s mouth, at the very least, but can he handle the story’s space-spanning scope? Remains to be seen.

Speaking of Rocket, the THR report confirms the five members of the “Guardians” that we’ll be seeing up there on the big screen come August 2014. It’s the same list that was touted at Comic-Con last month: Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Gamora. The report contains repeated references to Thanos (the secret villain at the end of “Avengers,” you’ll remember), making his inclusion in “Guardians” all the more likely.

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