Progress moves forward on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie penciled in for a 2014 release date. Reports are now coming in that Marvel is close to securing a director for the project in the form of James Gunn.
Fans will surely be familiar with Gunn’s work, he co-wrote Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and directed the cult-favorite genre satires Slither and Super. But if he were to sign on as director of Guardians, it would be his biggest, most-mainstream film yet. Gunn would be the latest in a line of unusual director choices, the most recent of which was the selection of Anthony and Joe Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Heat Vision broke the story saying that Marvel was attracted to Gunn’s ability to mix comedy with action and horror. I might also suggest they were attracted to Gunn’s experience directing his own scripts, perhaps witnessing the benefit after Joss Whedon did the same on The Avengers. The Guardians script is currently being rewritten by Nicole Perlman, from a previous draft by Chris McCoy. Both are first time filmmakers whose worked may be edited or expanded upon by a screenwriter with experience like Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy will follow 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.” Guardians will be out in theaters on August 1, 2014.