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

     August 18, 2012


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.


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  • pDUB

    im a talking mammal.

  • Blue Leader

    Ellen Page as Quasar. Calling it now.

  • will

    I’m not a fan of the majority of this guy’s body of work, but Super was decent. Gunn’s definitely better than the other candidates, though.

  • Lance

    I still have a hard time thinking characters in the movie will call the little furry guy “Rocket Raccon” by that name. That just sounds more silly than what Marvel has allowed into their movies in the past.

    • nom79

      They may give him a more modern name while keeping his comic name for a joke or a nod for those that are fans. If the movie turns out to be great…….would it even matter? They could call him “Rocket Raccoon” thru the whole movie as long as they put out quality stuff. There wasn’t any mention of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, but people enjoyed a great portrayal that Anne Hathaway pulled off. Didn’t mean to jump into the DC realm……just wanted to get my point across.

    • Mark

      Even in the comics they do not just call him Rocket Racoon every time they call him by name, they call him Rocket. It’s really not a difficult part of making the film.

    • Ilamathi Selvan

      The trick is to create a background story for rocket raccoon, in which he has a ‘real’ raccoon name [must not sound silly] but one that is hard to pronounce for others. So we can have other characters call him simply ‘ that ..er.. Rocket… that raccoon with that rocket…You know that Rocket Raccoon’ (try to read that in your imaginary Groot voice).

      • duh

        yeah well groot only says “i am groot”, and rocket raccoon is genetically altered so there is not space raccoon race… poser.

      • WillyLopez

        Haha brilliant reply

      • Selvan

        Hey, Sorry guys, didn’t mean to come off like a poser. I just thought that would be one way of making the story sound… you know… believable. But, yes I shouldn’t have commented without knowing the history. Sorry.

      • Selvan

        Hey, Sorry guys, didn’t mean to come off like a poser. I just thought that would be one way of making the story sound… you know… believable. But, yes I shouldn’t have commented without knowing the history. Sorry.

      • WillyLopez

        Its ok, speaking for Mark, we forgive you, I only know the wikipedia page, would you like to come into my white van for a lolly pop?

  • James

    Interesting choice. I enjoyed Super and Slither, and I loved his PG Porn series.

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  • Kovik

    I want Adam Warlock he is best from guardians !!!

  • bob

    a TROMA child !

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  • Thomas K.

    I personally would rather see Nathan Fillion play Hank Pym AKA Ant-Man.
    I think he’d be perfect.

    • Thomas K.

      I think it would be EPIC if they could make Phase 3 consist of…

      -Iron-Man/Hulk/Ant-Man crossover film.
      -Captain America/THOR crossover film.
      -S.H.I.E.L.D. prequel Movie mainly for Hawkeye/Widow.
      -Heroes for Hire film, consisting of The Punisher, Black Panther, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider and Luke Cage.

      I think this would keep all the properties much fresher. Instead of bogging each individual character with unnecessary repetitive “Hero” storylines. Instead MARVEL could embrace the fun properties they have and make a series of amazing films, instead of a bunch of good films that lead to an epic payoff(The Avengers).

  • Ark

    The American film industry is done. Like we need another superhero film. Stop it already. Please. Just . Stop.

    • pDUB

      your generalizations are spot on!

    • aaronsullivan

      It would work better if you could tell the rest of the world to stop PAYING to see the movies. :)

    • duh

      yeah but we certainly don’t have enough CGI cartoon films, romantic comedies, and indie films right genius?

    • jOKeR

      As long as these films don’t end up like TDKR it should be good.

  • Tyler

    This movie should be good and James Gunn is the best! After watching the avengers I will see any marvel movie. Go here to watch it if you haven’t seen it yet: http://youtu.be/9Beifvo4Zxg

    • Kyronic Comics

      The video’s no longer available. I kinda figured YouTube would’ve taken it down before I clicked on it.

  • Selvan

    Look. I like Vin Diesel. He is cool. But he is already the alien warrior as Riddick. I think Dominic Purcell, the guy from prison break [Blade fans might know him as 'Drake' from Blade Trinity], would be great as Star Lord.

    Ps: If Gears of War ever gets made, Dominic Purcell should play the role of Marcus Fenix. I think he fits the role to a T. {No, I do not have a crush on him. I just pictuered him as …You know… Oh..hell)

    • T. Van

      If the Vision does not use Agent Coulson’s visage, then Deisel would be a great fit for that character (the voice, the facial features, etc.).

  • Anthony Morales

    i hated Slither and i didnt really care too much for Super but James Gunn is probably the best director to make this movie. Either way im sure this movie wont be very good but it will at least be watchable if James Gunn directs it

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