We know the release date, we know the writer, and we know the plot (Well, kind of). The puzzle pieces behind Marvel Studios' Guardians of The Galaxy continue to come together with the news that director James Gunn is in talks with the studio to helm the 2014 sci-fi flick.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel started negotiations with the Super and Slither director after deciding that they "like Gunn's sensibility and his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror, a quality he shares with The Avengers director Joss Whedon" - although, of course, Marvel officially declines to comment on the matter.

Other directors are said to still be in the running in case Gunn doesn't sign on the dotted line, including Bring It On's Peyton Reed (That sound you're hearing is Chris Sims screaming in pleasure at the idea) and the co-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, responsible for the 2010 movie It's Kind of A Funny Story.

While Gunn may be best known for directing his own creations -- or writing the ridiculous video game Lollipop Chainshaw -- a Marvel movie wouldn't be entirely outside his realm of experience. We are, after all, talking about the man responsible for the scripts for both 2002's live-action Scooby Doo movie and its lesser-known 2004 sequel, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. With that kind of thing under his belt, making a believable Rocket Raccoon is going to be a piece of cake.

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