Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn has scared up his next project: The filmmaker will write and produce a horror movie to be directed by The Hive's David Yarovesky, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The screenplay will be a complete Gunn affair, with James joining forces with his brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn. Yarovesky has worked with Gunn on several occasions, playing a Ravager in the first Guardians movie and directing the Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno music video for Vol. 2, starring David Hasselhoff (aka Zardu Hasselfrau). Brian collaborated with his brother on creating the web series James Gunn's PG Porn, which ran from 2008-2009, while Mark and Brian were the writing duo for Dwayne Johnson's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
The Hive got an extremely limited release in 2014 and told the story of a young man (Super 8's Gabriel Basso) plagued by amnesia and an aggressive virus. He must remember who he is in order to save his love before the virus takes over his body. Sean Gunn (Kraglin from Guardians) co-starred in the horror film, which, despite a narrower visibility, was welcomed by the critics who bothered to see it. And while they didn't give it an A+, they praised its ideas and ambition.
James Gunn may be well-known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he has a long history in horror. He wrote the screenplay for Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead and then wrote and directed the 2006 alien B-movie Slither. He also did the scripts for the two Scooby-Doo live action films, which were much darker and grown-up than the Hanna-Barbera TV show on which they were based.
This is the second horror movie over the last year that he will write but not direct, the first being The Belko Experiment. The new movie is currently untitled, and it's sensible to bet that one key reason he's not onboard as director is that he's probably too busy putting together Guardians Vol. 3 at Disney.