Marvel Studios has a lot of films in the works right now. With sequels for Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, they’ll probably start printing their own money any day now. Amidst this slate of superhero follow-ups there is at least one comic property about to make its big-screen debut, the space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.
Nicole Periman—who wrote Challenger, about the 1986 space shuttle disaster—handled the first stab at the script, and now Heat Vision reports that Chris McCoy has been hired to do a rewrite. Though McCoy has yet to have a script produced, he has found himself on the infamous Black List—an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays—three times. His work has been hailed for its “quirky comedic bent.”
Over the years the Guardians comic has featured multiple versions of the team, but the movie version will apparently be based on the 2008 reboot of the franchise. The cast of characters includes Drax the Destroyer, a mortal man brought back from death as a warrior in order to kill Thanos (the mystery man from the mid-credits scene in The Avengers); Groot, an alien plant monster; Star-Lord, an “intergalactic vigilante”; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically modified raccoon with a ring-tail and a penchant for guns and blowing stuff up; and Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos who now wants to kill him.
Marvel officially announced the Guardians of the Galaxy movie at Comic-Con last month, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be a rigid timeline for the film.