Marvel Wants James Gunn for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

From Heat Vision: “After a lengthy search, sources say that Marvel executives now are talking exclusively with Gunn, whose previous credits include the genre films Slither and Super. The studio is said not to have ruled out others in the running — Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and Half Nelson helming team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden were in the mix, according to sources — in case talks with Gunn’s reps do not lead to a deal.”

Marvel believes, rightfully so, that Gunn possesses the same qualities and sensibilities as Joss Whedon. There’s a lot riding on Galaxy as an anchor to Marvel’s phase 2 and while Gunn seems like an offbeat choice, remember that pretty much every director Marvel has hired has been considered an offbeat choice at the time of hiring.

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