‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Screenwriter to Direct Teen Comedy (Hopefully, It’ll Be Set in Outer Space)
Call this three for three for screenwriter Chris McCoy. His screenplay for Get Back, about two obsessive Beatles fans that travel through time to stop John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono, hit the Black List and was then optioned by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Then in 2009, another Black List script – Good Looking, about a futuristic dating service that finds a foolproof, perfect match for every person on Earth – that was then picked up by Dreamworks and Double Feature Films.
Now McCoy’s third Black List screenplay, 2011’s Good Kids, may be the first one to actually be made into a feature film. Deadline reports that McCoy will be helming the film as a first-time director, and that Nicholas Braun (of the upcoming zombie/vampire/alien mash-up The Kitchen Sink) will star alongside Jane Levy (Evil Dead).
Good Kids will be about four unpopular high school overachievers (two of which, we can assume are Braun and Levy) who decide to reinvent themselves in the summer between high school graduation and the start of college. Compared to the premises of McCoy’s other Black List scripts, this one sounds a little on the dull side (even without the comparison, it still sounds a little dull), but for all we know there’s some hidden note of genius within Good Kids that a simple synopsis could never provide. McCoy has also been working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully one of the other lead roles will be filled by a wisecracking space raccoon or Vin Diesel as a walking, talking tree.