James Gunn

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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1970 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Beezel") (Screenplay)

Super 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Slither 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

(Story By)

Thirteen Ghosts 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Specials 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terror Firmer 1999 (Movie)

("All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger") (Book as Source Material)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Lady of Burlesque (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Over-Exposed (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Unfaithful (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (10)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Maskless Sakaaran (Actor)

Super 2011 (Movie)

Demonswill (Actor)

Talking Dead 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Queens 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Lollilove 2005 (Movie)

James Gunn (Actor)

Tales from the Crapper 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ghouls 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Specials 2000 (Movie)

Minute Man (Actor)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Found a Peanut Father (Actor)
Director (5)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 (Movie)

(Director)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Beezel") (Director)

Super 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Slither 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (4)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("The Cat Song") (Song)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

("Scooby's Terrific Rap") (Song)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

("Creatures Chant") (Song)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

songs("Martyr" "Sunday" "Walking Naked") (Song)
Producer (3)

Lollilove 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Specials 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Production Management (1)

Hardesty House 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Assistant Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

still photographer (Photography)
Executive (1)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Executive in Charge of Production)

Biography

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, <i>The Toy Collector</i> (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.

Relationships

Jenna Fischer Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 7, 2000 Divorced in 2008

Sean Gunn

Brother

Brian Gunn Screenplay

Brother

Mark Gunn Screenplay

Cousin

Matt Gunn Writer

Brother

EDUCATION

St Louis University

1992

Columbia University

1995

Loyola Marymount University

Left after two years.

Milestones

2014

Writes and directs "Guardians of the Galaxy" for Marvel Entertainment.

2006

Directs cult favorite, "Slither."

2004

Pens remake of "Dawn of the Dead."

2002

Writes live-action film version of "Scooby-Doo."

Bonus Trivia

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His surname, Gunn, is reportedly derived from the Scottish name "MacGilGunn," which translates into "Sons to the Servants of the God of the Dead."

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His love of comic books came from his father's purchase of a huge comic collection worth $8,000. The collection was intended to provide father and son with some common ground in order to develop a deeper connection, per the request of Gunn's therapist.

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With Fischer, Gunn co-wrote and appeared in the independent comedy "Lollilove" (2004).

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Gunn has contributed music to "Scooby-Doo" and "Movie 43."

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Gunn has cast his brother, Sean, in several of his projects, including "Super" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," for which he provided the live-action model for the CGI character Rocket Raccoon.

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Wrote the story for Grasshopper Manufacture's video game Lollipop Chainsaw.

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Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman has appeared in cameos in nearly all of Gunn's films and performed the wedding ceremony to Gunn's marriage to Jenna Fischer in 2000. Gunn co-wrote Kaufman's 1998 autobiography, All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger.

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The main character of his novel, The Toy Collector, is a hospital orderly named James Gunn who steals drugs from his hospital workplace in order to fund his toy collection. Gunn worked as a hospital orderly in Tuscon, Arizona, while writing the novel.

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