James Gunn Helms Marvel’s “Guardians”

James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”) has emerged as the top choice to direct the upcoming quirky space superhero saga “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Marvel Studios says Heat Vision.

Marvel chiefs are said to be talking exclusively with Gunn right now, settling on him after a long search, but others like Peyton Reed and Ryan Fleck/Anna Boden were still outside chances should Gunn fall through.

Like Joss Whedon, Gunn can easily mix comedy, action and horror. Chris McCoy is presently re-writing the previous draft by Nicole Perlman.

A leaked synopsis says the story follows 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”.