Marvel Studios Hires New "Guardians of the Galaxy" Screenwriter

Wasting little time after officially announcing the film last month at Comic-Con International, Heat Vision reports Marvel Studios has hired Chris McCoy to rewrite its 2014 space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy."

While McCoy has no films to his credit, three of his scripts have appeared on the Black List, an annual index of the best unproduced screenplays, generating a lot of buzz for the up-and-coming writer. His scripts apparently have been singled out for their "quirky comedic bent." He'll rework a well-regarded draft by Nicole Perlman, who as part of Marvel's now-defunct writing program so impressed executives with a Black Widow script that she was brought in to work on "Thor."

Created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, the Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced in 1969 as a team of heroes in the 31st century -- each member the last of his kind -- that unites to defend Earth's solar system from the invading Badoon. The Guardians were reintroduced, and reimagined, in 2008 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Paul Pelletier in a series that spun out of the "Annihilation: Conquest" storyline.

Although the Guardians have boasted a large and changing roster, the concept art Marvel debuted at Comic-Con features Drax the Destroyer, the human resurrected in the body of an alien to combat Thanos; Groot, the extraterrestrial tree monster; Star-Lord, the interplanetary police officer; Rocket Raccoon, the fearless genetically altered raccoon; and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the universe.

Part of Marvel's second wave of films, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.

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