If you haven't seen the dark comedy/super hero flick, Super, which starred Rainn Wilson (The Office) as a deeply disturbed, wrench wielding crime fighter named the Crimson Bolt than you likely don't know James Gunn or where the quote, "Shut up crime" comes from. Fair enough. Apparently, Marvel really likes the indie filmmaker, so much that they've offered him the opportunity to bring their Guardians of the Galaxy film project to theaters, THR reported.
Marvel announced at Comic-Con last month they want Guardians of the Galaxy released by August 1, 2014. A brief plot synopsis was released the other day via It's On The Grid:
"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."
While Gunn may seem like an odd choice to some, he did write and direct Super and also helmed a portion of the upcoming super hero comedy Movie 43, starring Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and many more mock heroes.
Marvel has a knack of choosing unlikely directors for these tent pole flicks, which has translated into huge successes with The Avengers (Joss Whedon) and Thor (Kenneth Branagh). Gunn could fall right in line with that logic and could make a terrific Guardians of the Galaxy film adaptation. However, in the event he says "no", the studio has more plan B options with indie directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) and/or Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) reportedly being considered.
Given their fall back options here, I sincerely hope James Gunn decides to take the gig. Of course, I've never read an issue of Guardians, but given the details and concept art shown above, I feel like Gunn could bring that weird world of characters to the big screen for Marvel and have some success. Don't believe me just watch Super.