While the Guardians of the Galaxy movie caused the cancellation of the comic book that inspired it at Marvel Comics, the writer of the first draft of the movie script is apparently getting a Gamora comic book to write.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that Nicole Perlman, who penned a Guardians of the Galaxy script as part of the Marvel Studios writers program, is going to pen a new Marvel Comics Gamora book.
According to the report, an announcement is expected around or at the time of the upcoming New York Comic-Con.
Perlman joined the Marvel Studios writers program back in 2009 and picked up on Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy comic book as a favorite choice to write a script for because of her background with science-fiction.
Perlman told Marvel.com back in August that Marvel Studios had Guardians on their list, but weren’t sure if they would do a film version of the original team or the 2008 Abnett and Lanning (aka DnA) team. She said see chose DnA’s comic because it was the one that was “most science-fiction in tone.” Marvel Studios told Perlman in kind to “take a whack at it and see what you think.”
Marvel Comics then received word that Marvel Studios was eyeing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, as recently Marvel Comics then-editor on the book, Bill Rosemann, stated in an interview at CBR that he received word “the West coast group is really digging your cosmic books.” Rosemann also said sales were “rock solid” on the Marvel Cosmic comic books.
The time period Perlman worked on the script coincides with Marvel Comics cancelling Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy as well as 2007 Nova comic book. Marvel Comics readers were told the titles were being placed on “hiatus.”
Perlman, who also worked on the Thor movie as part of the Marvel Studios writers program, let it be known that things didn’t start to get serious regarding the Guardians of the Galaxy movie until about a year-and-a-half after she first started. Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige became further involved and read the different versions of the scripts and writings. That’s when Perlman found out Guardians of the Galaxy was seriously considered for production.
Perlman continued with mention she read all the Marvel Cosmic comic books she could get her hands on. It also recently became known that a previous version of the Guardians of the Galaxy script (thought to have been written by Perlman) featured Richard Rider Nova, who was the headliner of the 2005/6 Annihilation Marvel Cosmic comic book event that re-introduced the characters of Peter Quill, Gamora and Drax. Following the Annihilation event, a Richard Rider Nova Marvel monthly comic book was produced, which was then followed by Rosemann and Abnett and Lanning’s Annihilation: Conquest event featuring Ultron as the villain. Annihilation: Conquest saw the current team of the Guardians of the Galaxy form with a new monthly ongoing launched as well, which became the inspiration for this year’s top movie.
The reason Richard Rider Nova was stated to have been cut from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was because Marvel Studios came to a “fork in the road,” which more than likely meant they chose to go with a Peter Quill/Star-Lord film and focus more on the Guardians themselves.
Recently, James Gunn let it be known that when he came on board Guardians of the Galaxy, the previous version of the script was a lot more serious. Gunn said he re-wrote the script, and when he turned in his first version of the screenplay, he was told by Marvel Studios to make it more “James Gunn.” Gunn also confirmed he was heavily influenced by the 2008 DnA comic as well.
With official word of the movie in development, Marvel Comics would relaunch Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova under a much different formula. With Rosemann, Abnett and Lanning’s forcible departure would come the noticeable absence of the smart fan-favorite science-fiction writing style the team was known for and which inspired the Marvel Studios multi-million dollar movie. The character of Richard Rider Nova was completely replaced by Jeph Loeb’s version of the character, a teenage “idiot” (Loeb’s words), that Loeb also put on his animated Ultimate Spider-Man series. Loeb, head of Marvel TV and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., would find himself off the books when it was announced with the publication of issue two that he would no longer be on the series due to low sales.
With Marvel Comics realizing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was going forward at their parent company, they had no choice but to to give the relaunch all the promotion they could. The first issue featured 30 variant covers and sold over 200,000 copies. Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso would state in interviews with big press publications that when it was suggested that nobody really heard of Guardians, his response was it was “our best selling comic” of the year, obviously trying to convince readers the Guardians always mattered to them and were widely known. The six figure digit sales of the new Guardians of the Galaxy comic book would be short-lived having dropped by about 70% percent in sales. The comic also lost it’s charm, with the Guardians themselves forced take a back seat to Avengers and X-Men characters to sustain sales to warrant the current writer’s pay-grade and involvement.
Abnett and Lanning would return to write movie versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy, with Abnett crediting James Gunn for getting them back on the characters.
Abnett is also writing a new Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Comics comic book, Guardians 3000, which hits this week.
Perlman is credited as co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
(pictured right: Andy Lanning, James Gunn and Dan Abnett on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy)