James Gunn in Talks to Direct Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

James GunnJames Gunn is super! Or at least, he directed a movie called “Super”, and before that, the cult fave “Slither” (with Nathan Fillion), and Marvel Studio is certainly hoping he’ll bring some super stuff when he helms their big-screen adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Trade news coming out of Hollywood this weekend has Gunn being Marvel’s top choice to direct their space-farin’ saga, a film that’s rumored to lead directly into Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” a year after “Guardians” opens in 2014. Gunn apparently beat out other candidates for the cushy gig, including Peyton Reed (“Yes Man”) and “Half Nelson” directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Gunn has a very eclectic resume, with writing credits on two live-action “Scooby Doo” movies, the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead”, and of course, he’s been dabbling in superhero stuff for a while now, with the funky drama “Super” with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page and “The Specials” with Rob Lowe on the resume. In a lot of ways, he’s like a junior version of Joss Whedon … minus, you know, the cult fanbase and genre-defining work, I mean.

According to a recent rumor, the plot of “Guardians” would find “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.”

And according to Marvel themselves, in an official concept art released during Comic Con (below), the current roster for “Guardians of the Galaxy” 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.”

Look for the Guardians to take flight in 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movie Concept Team Artwork

Via : Heat Vision