Guarding The Galaxy
A couple of weeks ago The Hollywood Reporter announced that Marvel Studios has hired Chris McCoy to rewrite its cosmic comic book movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Now The Reporter says that the studio is talking to James Gunn (Slither, Super) about directing the Marvel cosmic film.
THR’s Heat Vision blog says that Marvel executives are “talking exclusively” with Gunn, but if they can’t reach a deal with Gunn, then the studio still has Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and the Half Nelson team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden in the mix.
Marvel is said to have likened Gunn to director Joss Whedon with his “ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror.” Qualities that he shows in Super, starring Rainn Wilson as a wannabe superhero, and Slither. He also wrote the 2000 superhero-comedy The Specials, the live-action Scooby-Doo movie and its sequel, and the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake.
The Guardians of the Galaxy is briefly described as a movie about “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.”
The original Badoon-fighting Guardians of the Galaxy team first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969, written by Arnold Drake and penciled by Gene Colan. The team would periodically make appearances in other Marvel comics, and in the 90s they would get their own self-titled comic series. The 90s Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series ran for 62 issues, initially being written and illustrated by Jim Valentino. Then Michael Gallagher took over writing the title from issue #29 and stayed with the comic until it’s cancellation with issue #62 in July, 1995.
However, the movie will feature the current Guardians comic book team that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning brought together in 2008. This team that features Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, was drawn together during the Annihilation: Conquest storyline.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.