Whedon Talks Up Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn

In an interview with MTV News, The Avengers director Joss Whedon talked about the next title to enter the Marvel Movie Universe and its director, James Gunn.

Guardians of the Galaxy is little-known outside of comic circles.  It features a team of superheroes that come from the future back to our time to prevent some catastrophe.  The team line up has changed since its debut in 1969, but the film’s guardians will be Groot, Frax, Rocket Racoon, Gamorra, and Star Lord.



The film will be directed by James Gunn, a veteran of Troma Entertainment who has since gone on to direct the horror-comedy film Slither, and comicbook-style drama Super.

Whedon recently signed a new deal with Marvel which makes him the ‘overseer’ of Marvel’s film strategy, so his opinions carry a lot of weight; and as it turns out, Joss Whedon believes that Gunn’s style is perfectly suited to the ‘out-there’ cast of characters that comprise the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a more mature crowd].  And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh 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. This is the guy who wrote The Specials, which is one of the most important movies. People don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane.”

Guardians of the Galaxy has yet to start production, but already has a release date of August 1, 2014.


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