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Marvel Just Hired This Black-Listed Writer To Pen 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'


Guardians-Of-The-GalaxyMarvel has hired an interesting choice to re-write Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."

The studio has selected three-time Hollywood Black List member Chris McCoy to rewrite Nicole Perlman's initial treatment for the film.

“Galaxy” is the only new property in Marvel’s “Phase 2” of films (with the possibility of being joined by “Ant-Man”), to be capped by “The Avengers 2.”

While yet to receive a produced writing credit, McCoy is a three-time member of Hollywood’s Black List, reserved for the best scripts that haven't been adapted to the big screen.

He landed on the list for “Get Back” in 2007, “Good Looking” in 2009, and “Good Kids” in 2001.

McCoy’s comedic scripts all have “high-concept” aspects that hint “Galaxy” could be very different in tone then any Marvel movie before it. "Get Back" takes its lead characters time-traveling back to England 1966. “Good Looking” concerns a company that guarantees it can match clients with their soul mates. “Good Kids” is his most traditional script and centers on a group of high school overachievers who attempt to change their image after graduating. 

His scripts have been praised for their "quirky comedic bent,” which sound like the right tone for a film with rocket-launching raccoons.

It’s an interesting choice for Marvel to go with such an inexperienced writer, but his unproduced scripts clearly show promise. The studio has certainly made bigger gambles than this, most notably hiring Robert Downey Jr. to star in the original “Iron Man.”

They also likely hired McCoy for relatively cheap, in line with their business model of keeping costs low, a good decision for a movie concerning an intergalactic man-tree.

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