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Filmmaker James Gunn is known for his bleak and twisted sense of humor, which is why Marvel’s decision to hire him on as director for Guardians of the Galaxy is regarded as a bold move that could pay off handsomely – according to such people as Marvel Movie Universe architect and Avengers director Joss Whedon.
However, that hiring is not without risks, as Gunn’s previous approach to getting a laugh has been received by some as inconsistent and mean-spirited. One look at the love/hate reactions to Gunn’s scripts for the comic book superhero satires The Specials and Super - the latter of which he also directed – confirms as much.
The announcement that casting has begun for Guardians of the Galaxy was overshadowed this week, when such sites as The Mary Sue discovered comments that Gunn posted in an article breaking down ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Although there wasn't really much doubt left in anyone's mind, today James Gunn officially announced his involvement as the director of Marvel's upcoming sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy. When he was initially rumoured to be at the top of Marvel's shortlist last month, it seemed like a pretty ballsy and exciting choice -- in other words, the perfect match for such a strange comic book movie. Then last week, while he was doing press for Tiff, Joss Whedon essentially confirmed that James Gunn had the job and told MTV that he was 100% behind Gunn's twisted take on the material. Hit the jump to see what they both had to say about the project. James Gunn made the following announcement on his Facebook page earlier today: "For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Until »
After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that James Gunn will re-write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios. The man is known for directing Slither and Super, as well as writing 2004's Dawn Of The Dead and both Scooby Doo theatrical features. He is also known for starting his career at the infamous Troma production company, and made his first foray into the world of superheroes with The Specials.
Here is James Gunn's official statement on Guardians of the Galaxy.
"For a month or so there's been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Until now I haven't said anything, because I'm trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I »
Since then, nothing more has been said or reported by either Marvel or Gunn, so film news websites have contented themselves with speculating what a James Gunn-Guardians of the Galaxy might be like.
Well, new information has finally emerged as The Avengers director Joss Whedon announced his support for James Gunn taking on Guardians of the Galaxy. Not only did Whedon wax lyrical about his appreciation for Gunn’s talent and that he thinks Gunn could make the outlandish space epic concept work, but he also mentioned that he has told Marvel that he approves of his selection: “then they said, »
Although there's been no official word as of yet from Marvel Studios, The Avengers director Joss Whedon has seemingly confirmed that James Gunn (Super) is set to helm the upcoming 'big space epic' Guardians of the Galaxy during an interview with MTV News (via Cbm):
"James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, 'Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I'm not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].' And then they said, 'Well, we're thinking about using James Gunn.' And I said, 'Oh, then no, you're fine.' He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon. This is the guy who wrote The Specials. People don't understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane. »
James Gunn is helming the cosmic superhero flick, whose oddball characters include a sentient tree called Groot and the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon.
It may sound silly but Whedon has every faith in the project, despite his initial reservations about how it would go down with a wider audience. He told MTV: "James is what makes me think it will work. He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon.
"He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. This is the guy who wrote The Specials. People don't understand how influential that movie was about heroes, »
- David Bentley
I don’t profess to know much when it comes to comics and their legendary characters’ origins (bugger all, in fact), other than what I’ve learnt while watching classic Spider-man or Hulk cartoons as a kid. But I do love a good comic-book movie. Whilst Guardians Of The Galaxy is something even more unfamiliar to me than the standard fare, the fact it’s a Marvel title means I’ll be one of the first ones in queue when it eventually makes it to the big-screen in 2014. What gets me even more excited is that James Gunn could be the man to lead them into battle… and Joss Whedon thinks likewise, which is almost a confirmation that the Gunn’s landed the gig.
Whedon, the writer and director of box-office behemoth Avengers Assemble looks to have given his thumbs up to Gunn’s potential involvement in a big-budget treatment »
- Craig Hunter
Last month, it was revealed that James Gunn was Marvel Studios' top choice to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, another big-budget ensemble that brings together characters such as Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer. The filmmaker has since been confirmed to write and direct the upcoming project. Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon knows a thing or two about superhero ensembles, and he is also serving as a creative adviser on this project. He recently spoke about James Gunn's take on the material.
"He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It's going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he's going to come from left field and I'm going to go, 'What?' And then, 'Of course, why didn't I think of that?' And then I'm going to beat him!"
With Joss Whedon in Toronto talking up his low-budget indie "Much Ado About Nothing" side project, MTV got a chance to ask him about "Slither" and "The Specials" filmmaker James Gunn coming onboard Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" feature.
Whedon says Gunn has barely even started on the script, but his hiring is what made him think the project could come together, something he wasn't sure of beforehand.
"James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].’ He [Gunn] is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from heart.
He’s got a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up… »
- Garth Franklin
Joss Whedon has said that James Gunn's take on Guardians of the Galaxy is "very twisted". The Avengers helmer has endorsed Marvel Studios' choice of the Super director for the film. "James is what makes me think it will work," Whedon told MTV News. "I myself was sort of like, 'Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I'm not sure how that plays [to a wider audience]'. "And then they said, 'Well, we're thinking about using James Gunn'. And I said, 'Oh, then no, you're fine'. He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon. "This is the guy who wrote The Specials. People don't (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Marvel is eyeing superhero fanatic James Gunn for the job of directing a motley crew of green-skinned aliens
At first glance, Guardians of the Galaxy seems like an unusual choice for Marvel Studio's next venture into the multiplexes. The Avengers worked so well because Joss Whedon found a way to humanise his superheroes, but whoever takes charge of Guardians will have a much tougher task when it comes to dreaming up suitable wise-cracking banter.
Whedon may have been saddled with a Norse god, a green-skinned rage monster and a hi-tech tin man, but at least he didn't have characters such as Rocket Raccoon, a bipedal anthropomorphic raccoon from outer space, and Groot, an alien talking tree, to contend with. This pair may be two of the more colourful members of the galactic defence force set to appear on the big screen in 2014, but it's not much of a leap to the rest of them. »
- Ben Child
This week's big Marvel movie news is the report "Slither" and "Super" director James Gunn is Marvel’s top choice to direct the forthcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. A deal has yet to be worked out, but the news has set fans’ minds ablaze with the possibilities of what Gunn could bring to the franchise.
Given that, we’re going to take a look at Gunn’s creative experience, and how it could connect with what we know of the Guardians and Marvel’s plans for the film.
Gunn got his start working for Troma Entertainment, maker of low-budget exploitation films, for whom he wrote and co-directed 1996’s cult hit "Tromeo and Juliet," an adaptation of the Shakespeare classic with heightened sex and violence. While a Disney-owned superhero blockbuster is unlikely to go in that direction, his experience with Troma proves one thing that makes him extremely valuable to »
- Matt Adler
Marvel Studios has a prime candidate in mind to direct its Guardians of the Galaxy superhero movie, and it's James Gunn. Best known for being the screenwriter of the 2000 remake of Dawn of the Dead and the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies, Gunn also wrote and directed the gross-out horror/comedy Slither and the black comedy Super which starred Rainn Wilson. He also wrote the script for The Specials, a low-budget comedy about a dysfunctional superhero family.
In his THR story, Borys Kit mentions that while Marvel is talking with Gunn and trying to close a deal, the company is also keeping its options open. If a creative impass happens in their contract negotiations with Gunn, Marvel has a Plan B and C: they're also thinking of Peyton Reed (Bring It On) and Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson) to come aboard and direct GotG.
What Borys' story doesn't say »
- Patrick Sauriol
Filmmaker James Gunn is no stranger to strange superheroes.
He wrote 2000′s comic book satire The Specials, starring Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, and Paget Brewster, about the “sixth or seventh” most popular squad of super-powered crimefighters, and later returned to the genre as writer and director of 2010′s Super, starring Rainn Wilson as a crimson-costumed vigilante and Ellen Page as his hyper-violent sidekick.
After those send-ups, Marvel Studios is in talks with him to take on the screen version of their comic book franchise Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fans of Gunn’s twisted sense of humor can appreciate what »
- Anthony Breznican
Gunn is in talks to helm the superhero film and is the studio's top choice, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel is said to want Gunn (pictured) because of "his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror, a quality he shares with Avengers director Joss Whedon."
A brief plot description for Guardians of the Galaxy described it as being "about a Us pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the »
- David Bentley
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has Gunn at the top of their list and is talking "exclusively" with the director to take on the ambitious project. Other candidates including the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, as well as Reyton Reed, have taken a back seat and are on deck in case a deal cannot be reached with Gunn.
Marvel's decision to go with Gunn is a curious one considering the writer and director's resume. He has directed genre films Slither and Super, and his comedy Movie 43 will open theatrically next year. Most of Gunn's experience is on the page with writing credits including Super, Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead, The Specials and the video game Lollipop Chainsaw. »
James Gunn first cut his teeth working at Troma before penning both Scooby Doo live-action movies and the Dawn Of The Dead remake. He then directed the cult hit Slither and the indie vigilante comedy Super. Now, Marvel Studios is turning to the director for their next big franchise in the making, Guardians of the Galaxy.
So, it seems, Rocket Raccoon may be in capable hands after all. Maybe. James Gunn can sometimes be an acquired taste. But he's good friends with Joss Whedon and the Firefly crew, so this is really great news for someone out there, somewhere.
At the moment, Gunn is Marvel's top choice for this sci-fi adventure, which finds a group of intergalactic outlaws and a U.S. pilot trying to make off with an undisclosed object that the entire universe seems to want. The studio is said to love James Gunn's sensibility, and his keen ability to mix action, »
James Gunn is super! Or at least, he directed a movie called “Super”, and before that, the cult fave “Slither” (with Nathan Fillion), and Marvel Studio is certainly hoping he’ll bring some super stuff when he helms their big-screen adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Trade news coming out of Hollywood this weekend has Gunn being Marvel’s top choice to direct their space-farin’ saga, a film that’s rumored to lead directly into Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” a year after “Guardians” opens in 2014. Gunn apparently beat out other candidates for the cushy gig, including Peyton Reed (“Yes Man”) and “Half Nelson” directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. Gunn has a very eclectic resume, with writing credits on two live-action “Scooby Doo” movies, the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead”, and of course, he’s been dabbling in superhero stuff for a while now, with the funky drama »
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