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.
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 comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.