Marvel Studios Wants James Gunn to Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2012 at 7:58 pm,

Guardians of the Galaxy Script Marvel Studios Wants James Gunn to Direct Guardians of the Galaxy

A few days ago an unofficial logline provided the very first hint at what the plot behind Guardians of the Galaxy could be, one of five Marvel Studios films paving the way for The Avengers 2.

With a release date set, a new screenwriter in Chris McCoy revising the script, and concept art from Comic-Con confirming the core roster, Guardians of the Galaxy remains the only confirm Marvel Studios production without a director signed. That may change very soon.

THR has the scoop that has Marvel Studios looking at James Gunn as their top choice to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, with Peyton Reed (Yes Man) as another candidate.

Gunn is most well-known for directing Slither and Super, both of which he wrote as well, along with recently released Lollipop Chainsaw zombie-themed video game and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. For the obvious comparison, we also have to mention The Specials from 2000, about a not-so-great superhero team starring Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church.

Gunn represents another atypical, non-A-list selection for Marvel Studios, who have a track record of going with directors with proven geek knowledge and proven comedy chops for their “Phase Two” films. Considering that Nathan Fillion starred in both of Gunn’s films (coincidentally known as “The Holy Avenger” in Super) and witnesssing the amount of fan speculation having him play Ant-Man, he’s about to endure a second go at the rumor mill.

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If this story pans out and James Gunn enlists with Marvel Studios, we finally have a clear picture of the key players behind the camera for the next three years:

  • Iron Man 3 – Shane Black
  • Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony & Joe Russo
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  • Ant-Man – Edgar Wright
  • The Avengers 2 – Joss Whedon
That’s assuming reports of Ant-Man shooting after Thor 2 for a 2014 release are true. There’s also the potential of a second movie in 2015 – how about Drew Goddard for a Hulk sequel? What are your thoughts and expectations from Marvel’s choices?

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


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  1. It is now more obvious that Nathan Fillion will play as Star-Lord. He looks the age, he looks like Quill and he knows how to work with Whedon & Gunn. Therefore on the set he should be more comfortable playing this role over anyone else. He basically knows how to act out Star-Lord already; his role on Fire/Serenity pretty much had the same personality. All he needs to do now is slap on a cyborg eye and he’s ready to start his wise mouth crackin’.

    I’m pumped to see what they do with Drax. Can’t wait to see him destroy and annihilate!

    • Drax = Dewayne Johnson(The Rock)

      • Please, no. He’s probably going to be Lobo anyways.

        Vin Diesil would be a decent choice but my top choice would be Luke Goss (vet action actor from Hellboy 2 and Blade 2)

        • It would be really bad to see Diesel or The Rock play Drax. You would need someone flexible and good with sword play. The top 3 to play him would be Luke Goss, Peter Mensah or Jason Momoa.

  2. It is now obvious that Nathan Fillion will be HEAVILY RUMORED to play Star Lord .
    It wasnt too long ago that he was considered to be the perfect choice Ant Man and Uncharted.

    • sry but the perfect choice of uncharted is bradley cooper

  3. Right now I submit to anything Marvel Studios decides. They’ve pretty much hit the mark on everything they’ve done so far. It would be awesome to see my boy Fillion get a shot at a Marvel role. We all know he’d be great in almost anything.

    As far as a Hulk sequel goes, I would love to see them make another one. However, I don’t think it will happen especially since they already seem to be pouring efforts into bringing him onto television. Oh well. I’m still excited for everything they have planned for us.

    • the tel toro show doesnt even have a writer yet. plus, it wouldnt be ruffalo playing banner. Ive read its supposed to be about a young banner. I would personally rather see a sequel (so we can get some she-hulk)

      • What all the Hulk movies are lacking is Rick Jones. If they’re doing a younger Banner series, they better implement Rick Jones. Without him, we won’t hear Hulk say, “Hulk.. friend?”

  4. Mark Ruffalo should play banner if they do another Hulk movie to keep in line with Marvel universe, and Nathan Fillion will be an interesting look being though he’s the voice Hal Jordan/Green Lantern for DC.

  5. I don’t know too many folks clamoring for this movie. it’s still not too late to put the breaks on this project and instead focus on Black Panther, Moon Knight, or the soon-to-be reacquired Man Without Fear…

    • I get it, they want this to be their Star Wars. It does seem like it could be. Personally, I never liked GotG and aside of some well placed sagas I usually don’t like the deep space stories. I’m with you, there are waaaayyyy too many great heroes they are passing up to go with this story. In fact, I’d rather see a West Coast Avengers before this. Hell, I’d rather see a Great Lakes Avengers. But, I will be at the movies, probably not the first weekend, but pretty close, no matter what the masses say about the movie when it comes out. Why, because I’m a Marvel who-ah and something is better than nothing. Just don’t know what burnout picked them over the three you named, plus about forty other worthy titles. Think they are drawing in the kids here. I was in my reading prime when they first came out and even then I wouldn’t pick up a book where a raccoon was one of the main characters. I was 12!!!!

      • And that’s my point, there is no overwhelming urge to want to see this movie the first weekend, much less stand in line for hours and days to be one of the first to see it. Marvel Studios has incredible properties like Moon Knight, DD, and Black Panther that could fill the void left by the Nolan trilogy, but instead we are going to get a tough talking raccoon and a bunch of characters most of us couldn’t pick out of a police line-up.

        • You gotta understand, this movie isn’t about whether or not the general public will relate to a talking raccoon. This movie is gonna be all about Thanos, and making the general public more aware as to why it was such a big deal to see him at the end of Avengers.

      • You need to remove Thanos as your avatar… like now. The Mad Titan turns and gives us a grin at the end of the Avengers, and shortly after MARVEL announces a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which is going to inlcude Drax the Destroyer and Gammora. You sir, Mr. Thanos Icon, should be able to put 2 and 2 together, and should be doing backflips of excitement, not poo-pooing the idea.

        • Need this to post so I copied and pasted.

          You are as wrong as could be. I can almost guarantee you that I was reading Thanos sagas when you were still nursing off your mother. Guess what, there was NO Rocket Raccoon. And you are wrong, not only about the jab that you probably intended to be some nerdist insult, but about what makes Thanos so great in general. In the beginning, it was Adam Warlock. He was the being who was powerful enough to finally get the best of Thanos. His story was a journey through the depths of each of the Infinity Gems and it was incredible. (Until they took it too far with other Infinity Gauntlet knockoffs.

          You should never again be allowed to speak of Thanos because you somehow think that since I think Rocket Raccoon is a horrible idea, that I am no true fan. If I took one of my favorite characters, say Herc, and paired it with a talking Raccoon, I would still be sickened by the thought. I get it, you want to see some silly crap on the big screen with shiny lights and Raccoons firing weapons that are bigger than them. Why don’t I just jingle some keys for you and you can do your back flips and clap and shout “yyaaayyyy”.

          Drax and Gammora are fine. They were in the Infinity Watch which I loved and still own. Hel, even Pip the Troll would be a fine sub for RR. I already said I was gonna watch the movie and I support Marvel in almost everything they do, but you will NEVER sell me how Rocket Raccoon is a good idea. Even Star Wars didn’t go that cheesy. You know why?? Because their idiotic characters were aliens or robots, which are all perfectly fine b/c we have no idea what aliens look like. We do know all about raccoons. I have them in my back yard. I shot one last year that was rabid and hissing at my dog. Never again assume you can tell me to take my Avatar down because you are wrong. Judging by your comment, you always will be.

          • BLAST!!!

        • In total agreement with this, besides, I think Guardians of the Galaxy is brilliant as far as the comics go. I think it may be a clever move by Marvel, being that its not one of their bigger franchises, it wont have such massive expectations and Iron Man 3 or Captain America, kinda a breather before the mega highly anticipated Avengers 2, That said, don’t be surprised if the Guardians of the Galaxy start featuring more in the upcoming comics in an attempt to familiarize everyone with them .

          • They already are being featured in the newer Avengers (I think it’s Avengers Assemble) book. I read so many I lose track of the names. In that book they changed the origin of Rocket Raccoon to be an alien. I guess that’s a little better but they should have made him look slightly different. He asks Hawkeye if he looks like an earth raccoon. Hawkeye simply responds, “Yes”

  6. Guardians!Who are the Guardians?There must be some word.I want all there is to know about the Guardians.I want them in a live movie if possible or animated,but I want them.Send the word!All right now for all you trekkies out there in The big milky Way, all you cadets out there in Space with an ear for unidentified flying objects. I’ve been asked to relay a request its’s a special for The Guardians that live bunch from The Galaxy and I do mean The Guardians.(Word comes back)We got a report from Space.Guardians!They are so far away on the Galaxy they are not even on the map.They rumble anyway.

  7. rocket racoon in a movie sounds like such a bad idea, maybe in its own stand alone feature, but not tied in with the movieverse of marvel. it takes things from scifi to stupify. they need to keep things grounded a least a little bit in reality and not campy goofy talking racoons.

  8. We continue we our breaking news of an unidentified flying object seen over the skyscrapers of NYC.It turns out it’s a flying talking racoon.When we last interviewed him.(see Marvel now by kofi Outlaw)You said,you are with the Avengers!No that’s in the comics new Marvel relaunch in October.But this is live movies.I’m with The Guardians.The Guardians.Is that the live bunch from The Galaxy?Yeah,I’m Rocket Racoon.Are you like that little guy named Yoda who taught Anakin Sky Walker the power of the force.No He’s like 10,000 years old.I’m the new T-1000 much more improved,better made faster.weapons amunitions expert,demolitions dept.In other words I shoot skrulls and any alien life force that moves.And what is your mission here on earth.”I came here to chew bubble gum and kick a#*%$s and I’m all out of bubble gum”.There you have it ladies and gentlemen coming soon to a galaxy near you.

  9. Problem with your idea is that it costs money, a lot of money. These consultants on projects are not cheap. The way things work, people add their names to credits as doing stuff they hardly touched. Script “rewrites” often include just a few lines here and there but you get to bill the studio for 6 digits. No kidding. It would be amazing to see some “real” producers group together and get this done rather than some studio heads casting movies and trying to tie them together with some cameos.

    I would rather see more independent movies in the universe, less budget is ok too. Hawkeye should have had a movie like that, not like Made-For-TV quality but something for the off-season to watch, 30m-50m budget. If it sucked noone would have cared one way or another, didn’t affect the universe plot much. Ant-Man isn’t going to be a hit, but give it a 50m budget and it will be a nice tie with the rest and make its money back domestically alone. Iron Man 3, Avenger 2 are going to be the top earners from their name alone, but they already showing signs of diminishing returns if their budget is over 200m. I think they’ll stretch it to Avengers 2 and then people will get tired of the whole shebang anyway, with only the hardcore fanboys still eating it up.

    I couldn’t watch another Hulk movie, as pointed out in another article, it’s all been done to death now. Spider-Man 2 (reboot franchise) will crash and burn as well. Ant-Man will be mediocre, Thor wasn’t well received and was relying on the universe marketing, that and the Avengers sequel will just kind of perform well enough. Guardians of the Galaxy, good luck. Avengers 2 will kill, but they should just end the story with it there. No Phase 3 milking for Marvel, good night and good luck.