James Gunn Tapped To Direct Marvel Movie, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    Marvel is in talks with director James Gunn to take the helm of the superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. While nothing is official yet, it appears Gunn is ahead of the other directors that were considered for the project, including Peyton Reed (Yes Man) and the directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson).

    Guardians of the Galaxy is based on the comic book that follows a five-member interstellar superhero team. If Gunn gets the job as director, he will be working from a script written by newcomer screenwriter Chris McCoy. This will be McCoy’s first script to go to production, but his scripts have made the Hollywood Black List of the best unproduced screenplays three years in a row.

    Gunn was sought out by Marvel for his unique taste in blending horror and comedy as seen in his 2006 film, Slither. He is no stranger to comic book movies either, as the writer of the 2000 superhero spoof The Specials and last year’s ultra-realistic comedy Super. Gunn also wrote the screenplays for the Dawn of the Dead remake, Scooby-Doo and the 1996 cult-classic, Tromeo & Juliet.