One of the quirkier Marvel Comics based properties in Hollywood development is the Dirty Dozen space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Who better to take the helm than a director of films like 80's horror revival Slither and warped costumed hero Super, not to mention flavor writing on Lollipop Chainsaw.
According to Hollywood Reporter, James Gunn has emerged as Marvel Studios' choice to direct its upcoming space superhero saga Guardians of the Galaxy and after a lengthy search, sources say that Marvel executives now are talking exclusively with Gunn. Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and Half Nelson helming team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden were in the mix.
Marvel is said to like the a sensibility comparable to Avenger's director Joss Whedon's.
Reporter describes Guardians of the Galaxy:
While there have been several incarnations of the Guardians team in the comics over the years, the movie’s lineup will 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.
Earlier this week a logline made the rounds describing the plot as concerning “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."