Progress moves forward on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie penciled in for a 2014 release date. Reports are now coming in that Marvel is close to securing a director for the project in the form of James Gunn.
Fans will surely be familiar with Gunn’s work, he co-wrote Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and directed the cult-favorite genre satires Slither and Super. But if he were to sign on as director of Guardians, it would be his biggest, most-mainstream film yet. Gunn would be the latest in a line of unusual director choices, the most recent of which was the selection of Anthony and Joe Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Heat Vision broke the story saying that Marvel was attracted to Gunn’s ability to mix comedy with action and horror. I might also suggest they were attracted to Gunn’s experience directing his own scripts, perhaps witnessing the benefit after Joss Whedon did the same on The Avengers. The Guardians script is currently being rewritten by Nicole Perlman, from a previous draft by Chris McCoy. Both are first time filmmakers whose worked may be edited or expanded upon by a screenwriter with experience like Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy will follow a “U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Guardians will be out in theaters on August 1, 2014.
As we ease down from the surprise that yes indeed, there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming up in just two years time, we get news that a new writer will be taking a crack at the script. But what’s especially interesting is that the person writing the script anew is Chris McCoy, an accomplished, though unproduced, screenwriter.
So who is Chris McCoy? (Dammit Jim, he’s a screenwriter, not a miracle worker! Ha!) McCoy has had no less than three scripts on the so-called “Black List,” an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. You know, all the scripts Hollywood doesn’t produce so they can make Battleship and Total Recall.
McCoy’s scripts, Get Back, Good Looking, and Good Kids are each known for their “quirky comedic bent,” so perhaps McCoy is being brought in to add some character to the unique cast of Guardians which includes a talking tree and bad ass raccoon. McCoy will be replacing Nicole Perlman, who wrote the initial draft of the Guardians screenplay. Perlman came up in Marvels’ writer’s program, and has previously penned two real-life space films about Neil Armstrong and the Space Shuttle Challenger. So I guess Marvel’s trying to marry real space with quirky space.
The Guardians of the Galaxy film will feature a superhero team of alien heroes including Star Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Gamora as they battle Thanos (the villain at the end of The Avengers) to stop him from taking over the universe. The film is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.