'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'World of Warcraft' Land New Writers

'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'World of Warcraft' Land New Writers

Aug 03, 2012

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THR reports that Chris McCoy has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The scribe, who’s had three screenplays featured on Hollywood’s Black List (which highlights the best unproduced screenplays of the year), will rework Nicole Perlman’s draft of the script. It’s his first major credit, but McCoy has generated a lot of buzz for his previous efforts and their "quirky comedic tone."

We’re not sure how that will fit in with Guardians exactly, but early response has people envisioning a film with a tone similar to Iron Man. We think that sounds promising.

Guardians of the Galaxy is part of Marvel’s "second wave" of movie releases, so it won't hit theaters until 2014. That being said, we’ll be keeping a close eye on it as it worms its way through development.

 

A big-screen project based on Blizzard’s wildly popular game World of Warcraft has been in development for several years now – but many of us assumed it might have suffered a one-shot killing blow when Sam Raimi announced he was no longer attached to direct earlier this year. Not so, says Legendary Entertainment, who’s now hired a writer to bring the legends of Azeroth to a theater near you.

Charles Leavitt, whose previous credits include Blood Diamond and the Kevin Spacey vehicle K-Pax reportedly wowed studio bosses with his take on the material according to a story at Variety. No word on what his version of the world’s rich mythology would look like, but the hope is that will reignite interest in the project and spur the hunt for a new director.

With over 10 million monthly subscribers, Blizzard’s game remains the King Kong of massively multiplayer role-playing games. If Legendary and Leavitt can come up with a tentpole feature that appeals to those gamers, this could be a huge box-office hit. 

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