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James Gunn In Talks to Direct GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Marvel may have found it's director for Guardians of the Galaxy. THR is reporting that James Gunn (Slither, Super) is currently in talks to helm the superhero space saga. Studio execs have not ruled out other directors, but have reportedly begun talking exclusively with Gunn. Other directors in the mix include Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

 

Marvel declined to comment, but is reportedly interested in Gunn because of his ability to blend comedy and horror with action. Super is a prime example of that sensibility. Galaxy is part of Marvel’s “Phase 2", and is the first original film. The film was officially announced at Comic-Con this year.

Marvel officially announced the movie at Comic-Con. Earlier this month. Chris McCoy has already been hired to rewrite Nicole Perlman's original draft. The comics have had numerous takes on the characters over the years, but the film 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."

The film's logline is as follows, “a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants." Sounds pretty damn cool to me. I can imagine Gunn doing a lot of wonderful things with this film. Add his cult following among fans, and Marvel has a similar situation on their hands to Joss Whedon and The Avengers

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