James Gunn is now expected to direct Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes after a long search, but it appears that Marvel executives are now speaking exclusively with the Slither and Super director. But it doesn’t appear that other candidates, including Peyton Reed and Half Nelson team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, have been completely dismissed just yet.
Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced earlier this month at Comic-Con. Chris McCoy is expected to write the script. The plot is rumored to follow “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.” It’s rumored that the film to be tied in some way to the Avengers sequel.
Gunn’s work with superheroes was showcased in 2010 with Super, a low-budget film that starred Rainn Wilson as a wannabe hero that takes justice into its own hands. It was notable for its gritty, violent take on the genre.