James Gunn in Talks to Direct Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

     August 18, 2012

james-gunn-guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie

Though film fans everywhere let out a sigh of relief when it was recently announced that Joss Whedon would be returning to write and direct The Avengers 2, a big question mark on Marvel’s upcoming slate remained.  Thor: The Dark World and Captain American: The Winter Soldier already have directors attached and are well on their way to production, but Guardians of the Galaxy—the studio’s sole original property on the Phase Two slate—was still without a director.

We recently learned that screenwriter Chris McCoy had been hired to rewrite the existing script by Nicole Perlman, and now comes word that Marvel has finally closed in on their director to bring the space-set superhero story to the big screen: James Gunn.  Hit the jump for more.

james-gunn-guardians-of-the-galaxyPer Heat Vision, Marvel’s number one choice to direct Guardians of the Galaxy is Super and Slither director James Gunn.  This is both a shocking and wildly exciting choice.  Gunn has zero experience directing big budget fare (he did write the scripts for the Scooby-Doo films and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead), but he’s proved to be excellent at blending elements of humor, horror, and drama with his previous directorial features.

THR notes that Marvel is currently exclusively talking with Gunn, but they haven’t ruled out other directors that are also in the running.  Those choices include Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring It On) and the directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of a Funny Story).  It’s certainly clear that Marvel is looking for someone with both comedic and dramatic experience to bring Guardians of the Galaxy, with little worry about the director’s familiarity with action sequences.  As Whedon recently signed a deal to stay with Marvel through 2015 and creatively consult on the studio’s other properties in addition to his Avengers 2 duties, I can’t help but think he had some input regarding these Guardians directors.

Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one hell of a feature film to pull off—possibly the most difficult in Marvel Studios’ history.  The cast of characters in the film include Drax The Destroyer, a human resurrected as a warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (that smiling baddie at the end of The Avengers), Star-Lord, a half-human/half-alien “intergalactic vigilante”, Groot, a giant tree (he’s essentially an Ent), Gamora, the last survivor of her species who is saved by Thanos to be his assassin but who now battles him, and of course there’s the talking Rocket Raccoon.

It’s worth noting that, should Gunn sign on to helm Guardians of the Galaxy, there will be two key Marvel directors who have a close working relationship with Nathan Fillion.  So, Fillion fanboys, address your letters/pleas accordingly and cross those fingers.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie-logo

Around The Web

Latest News

Box Office: JURASSIC WORLD Edges Out INSIDE OUT Once Again; New Releases Settle for Scraps

This summer’s box office monster claims its fourth consecutive win by the narrowest of margins. New releases ‘Terminator Genisys’ and ‘Magic Mike XXL’ underwhelm over Independence Day holiday.

July Box Office Predictions: Will More Weekends Continue to Propel 2015?

Paramount and Universal fight for the top spot with franchise fare.

Zack Snyder Defends MAN OF STEEL Ending; Teases Batman Connection and Brainiac

Ben Affleck reveals how the Metropolis destruction affected Bruce Wayne.

Friday Box Office: Holdovers Still in Charge as TERMINATOR GENISYS and MAGIC MIKE XXL Stumble into Holiday Frame

Despite solid Wednesday starts, this weekend’s two new releases will not overtake 'Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’ over the July Fourth weekend.

Kevin Spacey & Adrien Brody Talk Directors, Collaboration at Jameson First Shot

The short film competition this weekend announced its three winners: Stephan Tempier, Mark Middlewick & Travis Calvert

Our Favorite “AMERICAN” Movies

With “American” in the title, it can’t be bad.

BLACK PANTHER: Ava DuVernay Passes on Directing the Marvel Film

The 'Selma' filmmaker says she and Marvel had different ideas about what a 'Black Panther' movie should be.

High-Res Presentation Reel Reveals the JOHN CARTER that Could Have Been

This actually looks awesome.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Scenes Include a Rainy Rooftop Battle and Solemn Chats with Alfred

Get ready for some more crash-bang destruction, now with twice the superheroes!

Skydance CEO & COO David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Director Alan Taylor Talk TERMINATOR GENISYS

The director and producers talk first cut, deleted scenes, what they learned from friends and family screenings, Easter eggs, and more.

Page 1 of 4,02712345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>