Nicole Perlman

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Nicole Perlman
Born1980/1981 (age 37–38)[1]
Alma materNew York University
Years active2011–present

Nicole Perlman is an American screenwriter, best known for writing the script for Guardians of the Galaxy after two years of researching and writing most of the original before James Gunn came into the project.

Early life[edit]

Perlman grew up in Boulder, Colorado.[2] She studied film and dramatic writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in 2003.[3] She won the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay Challenger.[4]


She was enrolled in Marvel's screenwriting program in 2009,[5] during which time she was offered several of their lesser-known properties on which to base a screenplay. Out of those, Perlman chose Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Guardians of the Galaxy, due to her interest in space and science fiction.[6] "I can’t tell you what the other titles were that [Marvel] were offering up on the table, but I can tell you that one of them was a little bit more appropriate for me, just based on gender," she says. "I think they were a little taken aback when I chose Guardians, because there were ones that would make a lot more sense if you were a romantic-comedy writer or something like that." Perlman spent two years writing a draft, immersing herself in the Guardians universe. In late 2011, Perlman was asked to create another draft, and in early 2012, American writer and director James Gunn was brought in to contribute to the script, and direct the film.[7][8]

In April 2015, it was announced that Perlman would be writing the script for the live-action Captain Marvel film alongside Meg LeFauve.[9]

In January 2016, Perlman announced that she is writing a sequel to Labyrinth alongside Fede Alvarez and Jay Basu.[10]

On August 16, 2016, it was announced that Perlman would be co-writing the script for the Detective Pikachu film with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch.[11][12] A January 2018 press release revealed that Hirsch was not involved with the final draft of the script and that Perlman and Rob Letterman were the only ones credited.[13]

By October 2016, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Team Downey had put together a writers' room for the third of the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies, with Perlman, Justin Malen, Gary Whitta, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and Kieran Fitzgerald included.[14]

Perlman made her directorial debut in 2018 with The Slows, a short film which made its world premiere at Fantastic Fest and played at the New York Film Festival. It is adapted from a short story by Gail Hareven first published in The New Yorker. The film stars Annet Mahendru and Breeda Wool.[15]


Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2011 Thor Consultant No Uncredited
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Yes No Original draft
2017 Raising a Rukus Yes Executive Short film
2018 First Man Uncredited No
The Slows Yes No Short film; also director
2019 Captain Marvel Story No Co-wrote with Joe Schrapnel and Anna Waterhouse
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Yes No Post-production

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  1. ^ "The Woman Behind 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' -- Nicole Perlman". Forbes. July 29, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Meet The Woman Who Made History With Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy"". BuzzFeed. July 30, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Nicole Perlman". Variety. June 22, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "SDCC '14: Nicole Perlman Talks Guardians of the Galaxy". Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Shetty, Sharan (August 4, 2014). "Who Deserves Credit for Guardians of the Galaxy's Great Script?". Slate. Archived from the original on August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Strom, Mark (August 19, 2014). "Nicole Perlman Writes the Galaxy". Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Rothman, Lily (July 25, 2014). "How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie". Time. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Graser, Marc (June 28, 2012). "Marvel planning 'Guardians of the Galaxy' pic". Variety. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Borys Kit (April 13, 2015). "'Captain Marvel' Movie Targets 'Inside Out' and 'Guardians' Writers". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Handler, Rachel (January 23, 2016). "David Bowie's Labyrinth Is Getting A Sequel". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Chitwood, Adam (August 16, 2016). "'Pokemon' Movie Lands Marvel Vet Nicole Perlman, Alex Hirsch as Writers". Collider. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  12. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 14, 2016). "Legendary Taps Herbert W. Gains As EVP Physical Production, Hires Two SVPs". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  13. ^ Erao, Matthew (January 24, 2018). "Detective Pikachu Live-Action Movie Officially Begins Filming". Screen Rant.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 27, 2016). "Warner Bros. and Team Downey Set Writers' Room for 'Sherlock Holmes 3' (Exclusive)". Variety.
  15. ^ Epstein, Sonia (23 October 2018). "Guardian's of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman's Directorial Debut". Sloan Science & Film. Retrieved 25 October 2018.

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