Marvel Studios is always planning years ahead. Even before the studio was formed as a self-financed production house, they had Zak Penn begin writing a script for The Avengers as far back as 2003 – nine years before it hit theaters after various draft updates and a complete rewrite from director Joss Whedon. For their next team-up epic, Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s a similar story.
Guardians has always been a project Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige wanted to make a reality, and hence, they had a member of Marvel’s screenwriting program (which began in 2009) draft a screenplay for a Guardians of the Galaxy live-action feature film. Now that the project has an official release date and greenlight, Marvel has found a writer to takeover scripting duties and work off of that draft.
Guardians of the Galaxy had its August 2014 release date confirmed at Comic-Con 2012 two weeks ago and with Captain America: The Winter Soldier already started to endure casting rumors (i.e. Anthony Mackie as Falcon), we’re only months away from Guardians receiving the same rumor-infused treatment, as it’ll enter production next year after Cap 2 and Ant-Man.
The film will be based off the Marvel Comic series of the same name, specifically the 2008 reboot by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. It’ll build off of the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, which introduced moviegoers to the cheeky grin of Thanos, a mainstay villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Phase Two” storyline. The Guardians of the Galaxy roster includes (from left to right in image above) Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. The characters aim to protect Earth from extraterrestrial threats and some of them live for the sole purpose of stopping Thanos (Drax, Gamora).
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.
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