According to reports from Latino Review and the The Hollywood Reporter, the long rumored adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studios’ next major project, slated for the May 2014 slot. Marvel is expected to make it official during next month’s San Diego Comic Con.
Of several projects in development, including vehicles for Iron Fist and Doctor Strange as well as Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy is closest to launch readiness. There is said to be a very strong draft from writer Nicole Perlman, who previously worked on Marvel’s Thor. Perlman sounds like a fascinating new talent, uniquely credentialed for this franchise, with not one but two scripts about the American space program in her portfolio. She also wrote a well-received Black Widow script, which garnered her that spot on the Thor team.
No directors or actors are attached to this one yet, and we don’t even know which iteration of the cosmic team we’ll see on screen. Given his prominence in other media tie-ins, fan favorite Rocket Raccoon could be a sure bet. But considering Perlman’s past experience writing biopics about the Challenger mission and Neil Armstrong, we wonder whether original Guardians like astronaut Major Vance Astro might make an appearance. Whoever’s involved, they’ll undoubtedly be major players in any developments involving that infamous Thanos cameo from this year’s Marvel’s the Avengers.
We’ll be watching this one closely.
Unsolicited, I’m offering a pair of fantasy cast nominations:
Hear me out…