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      James Gunn

      James Gunn

      Highest Rated: 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Movie 43 (2013)

      Birthday: Aug 5, 1966

      Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

      Screenwriter and director James Gunn applied his fondness for the comic book idiom -- as well as a healthy dash of irreverent humor -- to a host of popular genre films, including "Scooby-Doo" (2002), a remake of George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" (2004), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe bockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014). Born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 5, 1970, Gunn was raised in a large Irish Catholic family in the suburb of Manchester. As a child, he struggled to connect with his peers, but found solace in a huge comic book collection purchased for him by his father. From there, he began experimenting with Super 8 movies, which allowed him to experiment with early efforts in the horror genre. He briefly attended college but dropped out to play in a rock band. He also briefly supported himself as a hospital orderly in Tucson, Arizona while also writing and drawing comic strips for underground publications. Gunn completed his bachelor's degree at St. Louis University and headed for New York, where he received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. While there, he penned his first novel, The Toy Collector (1999), while also exploring the world of low-budget filmmaking with the New York-based exploitation production company Troma Entertainment. Initially hired as an intern, Gunn was quickly promoted to write and co-direct one of the company's most substantial hits, the raunchy spoof "Tromeo and Juliet" (1996). In 2000, he relocated to Los Angeles to write and produce "The Specials" (2000), a superhero comedy with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church and Judy Greer that became a minor cult hit on home video. Gunn scored his first major hit with the script for a live-action film version of "Scooby-Doo" (2002), starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, and Matthew Lillard as the Mystery Machine team. This surprise hit was soon followed by a sequel, "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (2004) and the script for director Zach Snyder's remake of "Dawn of the Dead" (2004). The success of both films made Gunn the first screenwriter to land two projects at the top of the box office in consecutive weeks. Gunn made his feature directorial debut with "Slither" (2006), a wry science fiction comedy that received critical acclaim but only modest box office returns. He then ventured into television, directing several pilots for Xbox Live as well as a short-form web series called "PG Porn" (2008-09) which parodied adult film tropes. After helming the dark superhero comedy "Super" (2009), Gunn scored his first major hit as director and writer with "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) a tongue-in-cheek live action take on a lesser-known title from the Marvel Comics stable starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The film scored big numbers at the box office, as well as near-unanimous critical praise for Gunn's reverential but tongue-in-cheek take on comic book space operas. The sequel, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017) was also a hit. In the midst of planning for the third film in the series, an online alt-right conspiracy theorist named Michael Cernovich, upset at Gunn's increasingly vocal criticism of Donald Trump, resurfaced a number of Gunn's old tweets from 2009 that included deliberately shocking and vulgar jokes about pedophilia and other taboos. In the ensuing uproar, Gunn was fired from directing "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" and relieved of his other duties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, unlike in many other cases of Hollywood personalities losing jobs because of social media protests, there was a backlash against Disney/Marvel's quick decision, with many supporters pointing out that Cernovich himself had tweeted in support of raping women in the past. On July 30, 2018, a statement in support of Gunn was signed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista.

      Highest rated movies

      The Specials

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      SLITHER, Writer/Director James Gunn, Cinematographer Greg Middleton, on set, 2006, (c) Universal LOLLILOVE, Jenna Fischer, James Gunn, 2006, ©Troma Films BRIGHTBURN, PRODUCER JAMES GUNN, ON-SET, 2019. PH: BORIS MARTIN/© SCREEN GEMS After Paradise, James Gunn (L), Jason Biggs (R), 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 08/17/2015, ©ABC After Paradise, James Gunn, 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 08/17/2015, ©ABC After Paradise, James Gunn (L), Jason Biggs (R), 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 08/17/2015, ©ABC After Paradise, James Gunn (L), Jason Biggs (R), 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 08/17/2015, ©ABC BRIGHTBURN, CENTER: PRODUCER JAMES GUNN, ON-SET, 2019. PH: BORIS MARTIN/© SCREEN GEMS BRIGHTBURN, CENTER: DIRECTOR DAVID YAROVESKY; LEFT: PRODUCER JAMES GUNN, ON-SET, 2019. PH: BORIS MARTIN/© SCREEN GEMS Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt, Chris Hardwick, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, 'Episode 1', Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, director James Gunn (left of center), Sean Gunn (right), on set, 2014. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, from left: director James Gunn, Sean Gunn, on set, 2014. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Talking Dead, James Gunn (L), Patton Oswalt (C), Chris Hardwick (R), 'Episode 1', Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC Talking Dead, James Gunn, Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite, Season 1, Ep. #1, 10/16/2011, ©AMC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman: Legacy Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2025
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joker: Folie à Deux Executive Producer - 2024
      82% 94% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $359.0M 2023
      94% 81% The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      90% 82% The Suicide Squad Director,
      Screenwriter
      $55.8M 2021
      57% 67% Brightburn Producer $17.3M 2019
      94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Executive Producer $858.4M 2019
      85% 92% Avengers: Infinity War Executive Producer $678.8M 2018
      85% 87% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $389.8M 2017
      54% 40% The Belko Experiment Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $10.2M 2016
      92% 92% Guardians of the Galaxy Director,
      Screenwriter
      $333.7M 2014
      4% 24% Movie 43 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $8.8M 2013
      50% 56% Super Director,
      Screenwriter
      $322.2K 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tromatized, Meet Lloyd Kaufman Unknown (Character) - 2009
      87% 63% Slither Director,
      Writer
      $7.8M 2006
      No Score Yet 52% Lollilove James (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2004
      No Score Yet 29% Tales From the Crapper Self - 2004
      22% 41% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Screenwriter $84.2M 2004
      76% 77% Dawn of the Dead Screenwriter $58.9M 2004
      No Score Yet 35% The Ghouls Unknown (Character) - 2003
      32% 40% Scooby-Doo Screenwriter,
      Writer
      $153.3M 2002
      47% 55% The Specials Minute Man/Tim Tilderbrook (Character),
      Writer,
      Co-Producer
      $13.0K 2000
      80% 76% Terror Firmer Writer $1.4K 1999
      No Score Yet 61% Tromeo & Juliet Director,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Because They're Young Screenwriter - 1960
      No Score Yet 29% Over-Exposed Screenwriter - 1956

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2023
      88% 79% I Am Groot Executive Producer 2022
      94% 89% Peacemaker Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      2022
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2021
      83% 85% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Uniformed Officer (Guest Star) 2018
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 89% Con Man Raaker 2.0 (Guest Star) 2015
      56% 76% Breaking In Himself (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream Queens Unknown (Character),
      Judge
      2008 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Writer 1963