The episode has been in the works for a while. Of all the guests we’ve had on the show, Nicole Perlman probably has the most projects that she simply cannot talk about. We waited for several of her projects to get formally announced so she could open up a bit, but she still has a lot going on that’s top secret. And most of it I’m champing at the bit to talk about because it’s right up my alley.
Perlman burst onto the scene with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. She wrote the original screenplay for the film (which was a product of her work with the Marvel Writing Program) back in 2009. Subsequently, she was brought on board to script doctor some of Natalie Portman’s dialogue in the original Thor. Once Guardians of the Galaxy was released and the film became a sensation, her calendar filled up pretty quickly.
That she was the first female writer credited on a Marvel Studios film did not go unnoticed.
Perlman is also cowriter on 2019’s Captain Marvel; cowriting (with Alex Hirsch!) Detective Pikachu, a Pokemon feature film; writer on the Gamora ongoing comic from Marvel; and is attached to the upcoming “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” films. And that’s just what she can talk about – even if only by scratching the surface.
On this episode, we chat about her experience with the Marvel Writing Program, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu, how her career has changed so dramatically in only a few years, her experience as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival, the directing fellowship she’s currently in (and developing Gail Harevan’s “The Slows” for her directorial debut), and the Science and Entertainment Exchange.
This is a chock-full episode, guys. Enjoy!
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