The “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie is now officially on, which means we can now speculate about who will make it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has zeroed in on James Gunn. He is best known for directing the horror-comedy “Slither” and dark superhero comedy “Super.” He also wrote the “Dawn of the Dead” remake.
This continues the Marvel trend of choosing lesser-known, somewhat offbeat directors for their movies. They are also undoubtedly cheaper than names associated with action fare. Their backup plans in case talks with Gunn don’t work out also follow that pattern: indie directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (“Half Nelson,” “Sugar”) and comedy director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On,” “The Break-Up”) who was at one time supposed to direct “The Fantastic Four.” Fleck and Boden were recently announced as the directors for “Mississippi Grind” with Jake Gyllenhaal; is it possible they’d have schedule issues? We may never know, as it’s hard to imagine Gunn will let this get away.
Nicole Perlman wrote a draft of the script and Chris McCoy is doing a rewrite. There have been several different incarnations of the Guardians, but the film will reportedly 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.”