Exclusive Interview with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Co-Writer Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman is the co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the summer of 2014’s most anticipated theatrical releases. Not bad for her first on screen screenwriting credit. As I found out from the following interview, Perlman actually wrote the first script for Marvel before they even hired James Gunn. Naturally writer/director Gunn ran with it, but Perlman was able to specify some of the things he added and what was already in her original script during our chat.

Guardians of the Galaxy launches Marvel’s cosmic universe with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) uniting with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Perlman discussed some of the specific characters (though we avoided true spoilers) as well as her upcoming screenwriting projects and the Marvel movies that never were.

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1, 2014.

The Plot:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

– By Fred Topel

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