It's been a pretty fast news cycle surrounding the firing and potentially rumored rehiring of Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn. With all of the developments taking course over the span of a couple of weeks, the details can be lost, especially as time goes by. So we here at CinemaBlend thought it'd be a good idea to retrace the entire history of Gunn's dismissal, as well as where the project is now, and how the former Troma Films stalwart got his big break in the first place. Here now is James Gunn's history with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and where things stand for the third film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

James Gunn's Writing Career Before Guardians Of The Galaxy

James Gunn's career in film began as a screenwriter / actor at Lloyd Kaufman's legendary B-movie factory, Troma films. 1995 saw him write his first film under their auspices, Tromeo and Juliet, and in a short five years, Gunn saw himself write his first indie movie outside of the company. Titled The Specials, the film which starred Rob Lowe, Judy Greer, Thomas Haden-Church, and his frequent collaborator and brother, Sean Gunn. Not too long after that first taste of superhero action-comedy, Gunn's first big studio credits came rolling, through the 1-2 punch of 2002's Scooby Doo and the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead. Both films were hits, and two huge results came from their success - Gunn's writing of Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for release in 2004, and his writing/directing debut in 2006 through Universal's production of Slither.

James Gunn's Directing Career Before Guardians Of The Galaxy

While blockbuster success eluded Slither, it kept James Gunn in the eyes of genre fans who had an eye for talent. Not to mention, it would also introduce him in a professional capacity to two other future Guardians of the Galaxy actors, Gregg Henry (who played Star-Lord's grandfather) and Michael Rooker (who eventually played Yondu.) Going on to be a cult classic, Slither helped Gunn go indie yet again, through a series of shorts he'd produce for various functions. But ultimately, super powered destiny would call upon him again, as Super was born in 2010, telling the story of Rainn Wilson's Frank - a would be crime fighter who thinks violence is the answer against organized crime. Critical and commercial success missed James Gunn yet again, but that fabled third time was about to be the charm.

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