James Gunn’s Writing Career Before Guardians Of The Galaxy
James Gunn’s career in film began as a screenwriter / actor at Lloyd Kaufman’s legendary B-movie factory, Troma films. 1995 saw him write his first film under their auspices, Tromeo and Juliet, and in a short five years, Gunn saw himself write his first indie movie outside of the company. Titled The Specials, the film which starred Rob Lowe, Judy Greer, Thomas Haden-Church, and his frequent collaborator and brother, Sean Gunn. Not too long after that first taste of superhero action-comedy, Gunn’s first big studio credits came rolling, through the 1-2 punch of 2002’s Scooby Doo and the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead. Both films were hits, and two huge results came from their success – Gunn’s writing of Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for release in 2004, and his writing/directing debut in 2006 through Universal’s production of Slither.