Guardians Of The Galaxy Closing In On A Director?

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Marvel has been making some oddball director choices for their film, and Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception. You had brothers Anthony and Joe Russo of Arrested Development and Community fame announced for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and even Joss Whedon was a peculiar choice when first announced, but that worked out well for everybody. Now it seems they are going for another odd choice for Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn.

The indie filmmaker who last wrote and directed the antipsuperhero movie Super starring Rainn Wilson is reportedly Marvel’s top choice for the space epic Guardians. The Hollywood Reporter states Gunn is at the top of the list and Marvel is talking exclusively with the director  now.  Other than the previously mentioned Super, Gunn wrote and directed 2006’s Slither. His writing credits include the Scooby-Doo live action movies and the video game Lollipop Chainsaw.

The studio likes gun because of his abilitiy to mix comedy with action and horror. There are also some backup names being thrown around. Peyton Reed (Bring It On and Yes Man) and Half Nelson team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are also on the studios shortlist.

This movie would include the lineup of Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora. Earlier this week a brief synopsis made its way online, but it hasn’t been confirmed official:

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.

This would be another seemingly odd choice for Marvel, but from their past decisions one can tell they know what they’re doing. What do you think of the possibility of a Gunn helmed Guardians?

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Source : The Hollywood Reporter