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Via Emily Blake (aka @Bambookiller) on Twitter, Nicole Perlman details her contributions as the first credited female writer of a Disney Marvel Movie (the only other one is Jane Goldman, who is credited on the recent X-Men movies). Basically, the film happened because of her. She had the chance to adapt any comics she wanted and she picked Guardians of the Galaxy because she’s a space nerd who has always wanted to work on big adventure thrillers.

Read that article. It’s interesting.

[Added later: I had no idea that people are trying to erase Perlman's contribution to the film, claiming that nothing she wrote is in the final film. Assholes.]

The funny thing is, all that outer space bullshit is perfect camouflage for a movie about superpowers. You have all the high tech gadgets you want and alien physiology creates a fantastic excuse for outre abilities–no radioactive spiders needed.

That’s part of the reason Blade was such a successful franchise for Marvel after so many failures: the superpowers weren’t. They were just vampire abilites.

This is why I think Dr. Strange is a natural for the screen, provided they don’t make the plot a bullshit “Stop the ritual!” chase, which never works. He’s a grownup Harry Potter; it’s easy.

Anyway, Marvel has tried many times to make outer space happen in a big way and it never really lasts. For whatever reason, space stuff doesn’t play well in comics. Sure, you can have the odd adventure off-planet and more than a few alien characters, but comic book series set in outer space just don’t last.

However, they’re a natural for movies.

I only wish I’d gotten to see Glenn Close, as Nova Prime, wearing that helmet. Hey, Robert Redford said “Hail Hydra,” didn’t he?

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
trying to erase Perlman's contribution to the film

because those Evil Girl Cooties will steal your boxoffice penis.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
It keeps happening all over the place. Feh.
Aug. 4th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
She seems to be handling it in a smart way, she has a movie out with her name as one of the writers, all that really matters now is how much money it makes. She has plenty of work, this will get her more work, and more control. Were I her, I'd say nice stuff even if the burned the script I had written in front of me and started fresh (as long as it didn't get out!). It's a hard business, and we are not at a point in history where writers have a lot of power, so she needs cred, and that is measured in how well movies you worked on did, mostly. Somewhat on how well your part worked.
Aug. 4th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
And of course the people who are hiring her have access to the drafts she's done. Everything else is just bullshit on the internet.
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