‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Eyes Director James Gunn

Best known for ‘Slither’ and ‘Super’, Marvel Studios is attracted to the director’s sensibility.

James Gunn wanted as director of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn wanted as director of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn first cut his teeth working at Troma before penning both Scooby Doo live-action movies and the Dawn Of The Dead remake. He then directed the cult hit Slither and the indie vigilante comedy Super. Now, Marvel Studios is turning to the director for their next big franchise in the making, Guardians of the Galaxy.

So, it seems, Rocket Raccoon may be in capable hands after all. Maybe. James Gunn can sometimes be an acquired taste. But he's good friends with Joss Whedon and the Firefly crew, so this is really great news for someone out there, somewhere.

At the moment, Gunn is Marvel's top choice for this sci-fi adventure, which finds a group of intergalactic outlaws and a U.S. pilot trying to make off with an undisclosed object that the entire universe seems to want. The studio is said to love James Gunn's sensibility, and his keen ability to mix action, horror, and comedy. To get a sense of his superhero side, you might want to seek out 2001's The Specials, which follows the disfunctionality of a Justice League type group of do-gooders.

James Gunn isn't the only name Marvel has sought out, though. If negotiations aren't reached, and a deal isn't signed, the studio is also looking at Peyton Reed, best known for the cheerleading comedy Bring It On, and the team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who co-directed the critically acclaimed Half Nelson.

The Hollywood Reporter, who broke this news, offers these details about the heroes who make up Guardians of the Galaxy.

"The movie's lineup will include Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the villain in the Avengers final-scene tease); Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien intergalactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him."

It still has never been confirmed or denied if this latest Marvel Studios movie will be live-action or CGI animation. We'll let you know as soon as James Gunn is confirmed.

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

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Comments (31)

  1. sirdiddymus

    @glacia I would love to hear what you thought of Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I remember having a discussion about it with you on this thread a while back and you compared Rocket to Jar Jar Binks. I remember you mentioned something about talking animals not translating well to live action as well.

    8 months agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  2. Glacia

    By the way... I did suggest we agree to disagree since it's pretty clear we're looking for very different things in a movie.

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  3. Glacia

    @sirdiddymus... You can't compare animation to live action. Talking animals don't translate to live action in a serious way. Just the fact that you call a 1 foot tall character a "tough little guy" kinda makes my point. The character even translated badly in the example you gave... The animated Avengers was pretty cheesy on its own but that episode was pure camp. Every character came off silly and the chirping tail wagging raccoon with the voice of a 3 pack a day longshoreman was painful to watch. Translate that to live action and you've basically remade "Superhero Movie" from 2008.

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  4. sirdiddymus

    @glacia, there's an episode of Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Check out how they handled Rocket Raccoon. He's a little tough guy.

    3 years agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  5. Zoolander_74

    Haha I think James Gunn is a pretty good choice for this movie. He can do comedy and action.

    3 years agoby @zoolander74Flag


    I need a sideways thumb!!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. jasdjqs

    Go Marvel !!!

    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  8. Rudy

    @thebd Do you think Daredevil and Electra were good too?

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. Rudy

    eeh? I'm sure there's a better director out there.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  10. Bane5000

    ON A SIDE NOTE: R.I.P Tony Scott

    Let see how long it take MW to post the news

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  11. darkdream

    interesting choice for such a big movie, but its like with MI4 they got Brad Bird to direct and that was his first live film and did a pretty bang up job

    3 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  12. LuxoIII

    I really don't know about this choice. While I am excited about the film, Gunn is a strange directing choice, although Disney and Marvel's strong control will pad down his style a bit, like they have with the other films. Don't get me wrong, I actually like it when they do that because it gives the series consistency.

    3 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. Glacia

    @sirdiddymus, we'll have to agree to disagree.

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  14. sirdiddymus

    @glacia, not really. Rocket Raccoon is more like Sir Didymus from Labyrinth, or the mice templar, or Usagi Yojimbo. He's a serious character who just happens to be raccoon. In the comics he is a gifted military tactician. He's not meant to be a clown like Jar Jar, or silly comic relief like the Wonder Twins.

    3 years agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  15. Brainiac

    @shuabert Yeah Slither and Super...ooooohh u were implying they aren't good....

    Honestly Marvel hasn't disappointed me yet, even the two movies that are more widely considered less good, Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk, I thought were awesome. So I am trusting their choices.

    3 years agoby @thebdFlag

  16. Glacia

    @Bawnian&#169-Dexeus... "What's the damn problem with Rocket Raccoon?" Not sure if that's sarcasm or you're asking it in the sense of "What's his problem why does he suck so much". In my opinion he sort of an unholy union of Jar Jar Binks and the Wonder twins from Superfriends. The only way the character will transfer to screen without dragging the movie down is if the other characters completely dismiss him through the entire movie. He'll still be the Jar Jar Binks of the movie but at least viewers will be able to separate the character from the rest of the movie.

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  17. Glacia

    @dan... "You make people laugh, they tend to forgive and forget." Maybe in movies like Kick Ass, but this is more like putting Beppo the Supermonkey in the Man of Steel. I know Hollywood loves the comic relief charterers but did you really like Jar Jar Binks?

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  18. Dan

    @bane5000 Not sure how people would react to Rescue. I don't mind the idea, but then I'm generally on board with however nutty they want to get.

    @bawnian-dexeus I can see the animosity for Rocket subsiding if they write him really funny. You make people laugh, they tend to forgive and forget.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bane5000 Should be played nicely

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. Josh

    Man, has James Gunn ever made anything good?

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  21. Bane5000


    @bawnian-dexeus...If the description is true and it seems Pepper is inside the mansion when the attack hellicopters are shooting at it and/or when its falling off the cliff into the ocean. She may end up dying or be critically injured to the point Stark either sees he cant always save everyone, even someone so close to him or he uses the Nano Tech, thats supposed to play a part in the film with him and his armor, to help her heal and save her life.

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Anyways, with his track record, a old choice indeed.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    What's the damn problem with Rocket Raccoon?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bane5000 Dunno. Would be better if she dies. But if the studios wants to keep her around for a while then Rescue is the other route or whichever they wish to pursue

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. Cripple

    I loved Super, and would love to see what he could do with this. I'm down.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  26. SpaceCowboy

    Not a fan. So... no thanks.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  27. Bane5000

    On side note: with the description they gave for the Iron Man 3...How many of u think Pepper is either gonna die or become Rescue?

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  28. Bane5000

    Not to mad about this choice, cant wait to see once they start casting the roles :]

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  29. skywise

    James Gunn, interesting choice.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  30. Sean

    Hopefully this movie will be in live action because if it isn't, then it just might not turn out so well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

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