James Gunn in line to direct Guardians Of The Galaxy

Slither director is Marvel's first choice

Guardians Of The Galaxy looks on the brink of securing a new director, with Heat Vision reporting that Slither's James Gunn has moved to the top of Marvel's wish-list.

The director has got some superhero experience (after a fashion) thanks to his work on black comedy Super, although he remains a slightly surprising choice, having never directed this kind of summer tentpole affair before.

Still, Marvel clearly sees something they like, because the studio is currently conducting exclusive talks with the director. That said, it should be noted that Marvel has yet to rule out other notable contenders including Peyton Reed and the double-act of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Clearly Marvel is after somebody who can handle humour and drama as well as the explosive action sequences. Despite the outer space setting, they'll be keen to recreate the character-centric feel that served The Avengers so well.

Following a group of intergalactic defenders, the film will feature the villainous Thanos (he of the Avengers post-credits sequence) going up against a resurrected human warrior, an anthropomorphised tree, a half-human / half-alien vigilante and a talking racoon, amongst others. It promises to be quite the spectacle.

Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in the US on 1 August 2014, with a UK release date to be confirmed.

Is Gunn a good choice for this one? Tell us, below!


    • lukebmitchel

      Aug 20th 2012, 11:04

      I just looked over James Gunn's past work... he wrote those 2 Scooby Doo live action movies? What is Marvel doing??? I'll be a little dissapointed, and less interested in the film if they do snap this guy up, I watched Slither a few years ago and I've never been so bored in my life. it's one of the few films that I've disagreed completely with the general critical reception.

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    • SiMan

      Aug 20th 2012, 13:08

      To be fair, Marvel have done okay up to now with their left-field directors choices, so they must know someting we don't. Having said that, this is a tough sell of a movie (and i'm a comics fan myself) - this could have a huge impact on the rest of their franchises if it doesn't come off properly.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 20th 2012, 13:40

      For every Whedon and Raimi, theres an Ang Lee and Mark Stephen Johnson

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    • FBJRider

      Aug 21st 2012, 0:52

      I'm hoping this will be like Star Wars with superheroes. Original trilogy obviously.

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