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James Gunn Has ‘Twisted Take’ On Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

For anyone skeptical about whether Marvel can successfully translate the Guardians of the Galaxy — a cosmic super-team that includes a talking raccoon and an extraterrestrial tree monster — to the big screen, Joss Whedon has two words for you: James Gunn.

“James is what makes me think it will work,” The Avengers director told MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival. “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.”

Gunn, who wrote and directed the superhero comedy Super and the horror comedy Slither, reportedly attracted the studio’s attention because of his ability to blend comedy with action and horror, much like Whedon. Hired just last month, he’ll work with screenwriter Chris McCoy to rewrite the script for the space adventure.

“He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material,” Whedon said. “It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up. 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!”

Officially announced in July at Comic-Con International, Guardians of the Galaxy is reportedly“about 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.” Although the Guardians have boasted a large and changing roster over the past four decades, the concept art Marvel debuted at Comic-Con features Drax the Destroyer, the human resurrected in the body of an alien to combat Thanos; Groot, the extraterrestrial tree monster; Star-Lord, the interplanetary police officer; Rocket Raccoon, the fearless genetically altered raccoon; and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the universe.

Part of Marvel’s second wave of films, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.


  • clearwoodbellawater

    thanks for this…definitely gives me more hope for the movie….i love the books so much, but i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t worried about how it translates to film, but what’s good for whedon is good for the gander

  • Donald

    “Guardians of the Galaxy is reportedly“about
    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

    So, it’s Farscape?

  • Tim

    To be fair, and I love Farscape, but Star Lord has the origin long before John Crichton.

  • Cjorg2

    “So it’s Farscape?” comments are very lame, particularly because we all know this properties been around a lot longer than that little known show ( besides we all know Farscape`s a rip-off of Buck Rogers anyway…)

  • Weird Mind

    It is a bit Farscape, but as Farscape is long gone and one of the best scoff shows ever I can think of far worse things to be based on. Besides, this is Marvels cosmic stuff, so there is plenty of room to differentiate it, for instance if the something was, say, a certain coccoon…

  • Donald

    Ah, nerd rage.  Taking a light hearted comment to war in 2.5 seconds.  You know a lot about a little know show Cjorg.   I don’t see much of a similarity between Crichton and Starlord or Buck, myself.  A raccoon with a lazer will be hard to beat, though.

  • Cjorg2

    Light hearted comment? Sure – but its been said so many times in relation to GG that its tired and lame. Not to mention unoriginal.

  • Jimmy

    If you don`t see any similarities, then why originally write ” so it`s Farscape” comments? Obviously you are either a troll or a fucking idiot.

  • Donald

    First time I’ve said it and I’ve never seen it written, so it’s new to me!