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Guardians of the Galaxy loads its Gunn with four director possibilities and one clear frontrunner

08.20.2012
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I have this sneaking suspicion that the boys and girls over at Marvel make their director choices as much for the sake of finding an interesting and engaging take on their material as they do for the sake of messing with people's minds.  Perhaps you'll agree after seeing the shortlist for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (a.k.a everyone's favorite project to be both confused about and nervously excited for) and the four names on it.

And as you might have guessed after the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Jon Favreau, and Joss Whedon, none of them are in any way who you might expect for a big-budget CGI fest. First up there's Peyton Reed (YES MAN, BRING IT ON), followed by directing team Ryan Bowden/Anna Fleck (HALF NELSON, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY) and James Gunn (SLITHER, SUPER). That all being said, Gunn is currently the front runner for the gig, with the other names remaining on the table should talks with Gunn fall through. 

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But Marvel wants Gunn most of all, being said to like his "sensibility and his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror."  This could of course potentially imply several things:  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has horror written into the script as is, Marvel expects Gunn to do a rewrite, or Marvel just sees in Gunn the skill to balance humor with other more dramatic (and money-making) elements.  Or a combination of the above.  Either way we should know soon who is going to direct the flick, and I really can't imagine why Gunn wouldn't take the offer - this is the sort of moment most every director works towards, and if Marvel's past is any record to go by we will benefit just as much from such a director choice as Gunn's career will.

The current logline for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reads “a U.S. pilot 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."

The last scheduled movie in Marvel's Phase Two arrives August 1st, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Gunn also wrote the live-action two SCOOBY DOO movies and Zack Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD.

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11:14AM on 08/20/2012
Oh, hell yes!
Oh, hell yes!
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10:16AM on 08/20/2012

I'll start the campaign

If James Gunn does make this, then can I be the first to say Nathan Fillion will be involved especially with the Slither/Super connection
If James Gunn does make this, then can I be the first to say Nathan Fillion will be involved especially with the Slither/Super connection
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9:17PM on 08/20/2012
Nathan Fillion would actually make a perfect Star Lord, I just don't know if he'd be up to it considering how familiar he is to Capt Mal Reynolds.
Nathan Fillion would actually make a perfect Star Lord, I just don't know if he'd be up to it considering how familiar he is to Capt Mal Reynolds.
10:28PM on 08/20/2012
My boyfriend just pointed that out! I would love to see Fillion in a big movie like this.
My boyfriend just pointed that out! I would love to see Fillion in a big movie like this.
10:08AM on 08/20/2012
I think they brought in James Gunn because of his oddball sensibility and he's also a writer. Years ago he made a very small superhero flick called The Specials, if you can find it I suggest you watch it cause that movie shows how he can juggle various characters and sub plots around, and it's also pretty hilarious. This might sound dumb but, his original script for Scooby Doo was a really faithful take on the material. I just finished reading every Guardians of the Galaxy book written by Dan
I think they brought in James Gunn because of his oddball sensibility and he's also a writer. Years ago he made a very small superhero flick called The Specials, if you can find it I suggest you watch it cause that movie shows how he can juggle various characters and sub plots around, and it's also pretty hilarious. This might sound dumb but, his original script for Scooby Doo was a really faithful take on the material. I just finished reading every Guardians of the Galaxy book written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning from 2008-2011 and all of the crossovers they were a part of, it's really made me a fan of the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe and even more excited to see this movie. Out of all of the names you mentioned his makes the most sense. Especially since he is a self proclaimed comics fan; and yes, there are definitely some horrific space monsters in the Guardians of the Galaxy books, as well as major life and death circumstances. Cannot wait for this movie!
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9:08AM on 08/20/2012
I haven't watched Super yet but I enjoyed Slither a lot so this might be good.
I haven't watched Super yet but I enjoyed Slither a lot so this might be good.
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8:43AM on 08/20/2012

Nothing special

Even Gunn isn't great. But at the same time, I have no freaking clue who could do this movie anyway, this one's going to be interesting to say the least.
Even Gunn isn't great. But at the same time, I have no freaking clue who could do this movie anyway, this one's going to be interesting to say the least.
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8:32AM on 08/20/2012
That is one eclectic mix. My vote is with Gunn. His perverse and subversive humor is just what a property like this needs. And, I LOVE SLITHER! If he can squeeze Nathan Fillion into this my ticket will have been bought.
That is one eclectic mix. My vote is with Gunn. His perverse and subversive humor is just what a property like this needs. And, I LOVE SLITHER! If he can squeeze Nathan Fillion into this my ticket will have been bought.
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7:55AM on 08/20/2012
I like the idea of Gunn. He has fun with the absurd and considering how many people are worried about how absurd this movie might be, it would be cool to have a director who can embrace and subvert it.
I like the idea of Gunn. He has fun with the absurd and considering how many people are worried about how absurd this movie might be, it would be cool to have a director who can embrace and subvert it.
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