Guardians of the Galaxy TV show in the works

The misfit Guardians of the Galaxy superheroes are headed to television in a new animated series, Walt Disney Co’s children’s TV network said on Friday, after they saved the universe from destruction in the summer’s biggest movie.

Marvel’s Guardians, a rogue band of aliens led by thief and explorer “Starlord” Peter Quill, will premiere next year on Disney XD, and follow the intergalactic heroes as they battle evil forces to keep the universe safe.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie opened in August to rave reviews and has since taken US$655 million (S$835.9 million) at the global box office, according to Boxoffice.com.

Unlike Disney’s recent spate of Marvel superhero films including the Iron Man, Captain America and Avengers franchises, Guardians was a lesser-known comic book property and a risky choice for a stand-alone movie.

The success of the film has already led the studio to greenlight the sequel, due in 2017.

Chris Pratt will reprise the role of Peter Quill, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.

- Reuters

Guardians of The GalaxyTV