Joss Whedon Confirms James Gunn Is Working On Guardians Of The Galaxy

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-09-10 12:17:55discussion comments
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Not only does it look as though director James Gunn has been confirmed as the director of the upcoming Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, it would seem that the filmmaker's vision for the project is fully supported by Joss Whedon, the writer/director behind The Avengers and godfather of the studio's Phase Two project. Speaking to a reporter at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Much Ado About Nothing will premiere, Whedon said that Gunn is prepping an interesting version of the comic book property.

"He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material," Whedon recently said to MTV. "It's going to be hard for the humans to keep up," said Whedon. "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!" While it was first reported in late August that Gunn was in talks for the position, this is the first confirmation we've heard regarding his involvement, and it sounds like the Phase Two developer is happy with what he has seen so far. "This is the guy who wrote The Specials," Whedon said. "People don't understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane. And [he directed] Super."

Whedon also said that Gunn "has barely started" on his work on the actual script, which is interesting considering last we heard Chris McCoy had been hired by the studio to pen the screenplay. That said, Gunn has written every film that he has directed, including the 1996 Troma film Tromeo and Juliet and the 2006 horror flick Slither (which starred Whedon favorite Nathan Fillion). He is just the latest writer/director that Marvel has gone to in the past few years, as they not only had Whedon taking care of both sides of The Avengers, but also have Edgar Wright writing and directing Ant-Man, and Shane Black co-writing and directing Iron Man 3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World are being written and directed by different people.

One of the biggest concerns that fans have had about the Guardians of the Galaxy project is the character of Rocket Raccoon, who is exactly what he sounds like: a gun-toting raccoon. While Whedon had his reservations about the character as well, apparently he is fine with the idea of Gunn taking a shot at it. "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."

Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters on August 1, 2014 and you can read more about the project in our Blend Film Database. Does James Gunn being in the director's chair give you more confidence in the project? Let us know in the comments below.
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