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Now, while may have become famous for directing the movies, dedicated fans of movie geekery have been following his development as a writer and director for quite some time. Gunn, after all, is also the mildly unhinged mind behind such nerdtastic films as , and, as a writer, the remake.

Which perhaps explains why, a few years ago, long before the upcoming was even a glint in his eye, Gunn was offered the chance to direct a movie. After all, is a pretty nerdy sort of movie, and Gunn was (and is) both a pretty fundamentally nerdy — and distinctly talented — director. It was, you would imagine, a match made in heaven. Except, of course, for the fact that Gunn turned the job down. As it turns out, though:

James Gunn Had A Very Good Reason For Turning Down The 'Hitman' Movie

'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]
'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Specifically, it turns out that the producers of the project didn't want to make it R rated, and Gunn felt that wasn't something he was willing to pursue:

Which is a) a perfectly reasonable response from Gunn, seeing as it would be a massive waste of everyone's time for him to make a movie he thought was misconceived, and b) kind of funny, considering the fact that the franchise went R rated in 2015 with .

The good news here, though, is that, according to Gunn, it's really just as well he didn't take the gig:

After all, while it would have been neat to see a Gunn-directed Hitman movie, it's unlikely that it would have been worth exchanging Guardians of the Galaxy for it.

So, I guess we're calling this one a win, then?

What do you think, though? Would you have preferred to have seen a Gunn-directed Hitman movie or Guardians of the Galaxy? Let us know below!


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