Three-time Black List screenwriter Chris McCoy has been hired by Marvel for a rewrite on Guardians of the Galaxy.
McCoy inherits a script first sculpted by Nicole Pearlman, a graduate of Marvel’s now-defunct writing program. The film is the first of Marvel’s second wave of movies that were announced at this year’s Comic-Con.
Guardians of the Galaxy, which portrays a team of intergallactic superheroes set to join the pre-existing Marvel cinematic universe consisting of the Avengers characters, is due in theaters Aug. 1, 2014.
McCoy’s Get Back (2007), Good Looking (2009) and Good Kids (2011) have each made the Black List, an annual list of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as surveyed by hundreds of studio executives. Though he has yet to achieve a produced writing credit, McCoy’s work has been praised for its quirky comedic bent.