Guggenheim's a hack. His comics are godawful and his CW shows weren't much better. Gunn would be smart to continue to ignore him.
Stargirl was the only good DC CW show and Guggenheim had nothing to do with it.
Star Trek DS9 turned some heads. It was a huge deviation from how most of the Star Trek properties worked under Roddenberry. That gave Ron Moore the credibility to do Battlestar Galactica. Which was a huge sleeper hit industry wise. Moore turned that into opportunities for Outlander and For All Mankind.
Rob Thomas is apparently getting a shot at The Lost Boys with heavy investment. He turned heads with Veronica Mars. VM was a staggering achievement considering that teen type drama had been beaten to death by countless other attempts by countless other people. VM was fresh and surprising.
I remember watching Some Kind Of Wonderful for the first time, and the scene with John Ashton and Eric Stoltz was pretty staggering. Most movies back then, the parents were idiots or tone deaf cutouts. Single dimensional roadblocks with no real agency. But John Hughes put a lot of humanity in the parents in his films. With Pretty In Pink, Molly Ringwald's dad was clearly mentally ill. Or so far into depression that she was forced to take care of him as a teenager. This is the kind of stuff no one wanted to really talk about back then.
John Hughes had a blank check to make any kind of teen/coming of age movie that he wanted. But he turned heads.
This Guggenheim hack sounds like someone who only wants to date really hot people but refuses to go to the gym and get ripped and refuses to go out and make a crap load of money first.
No one cares what you meant to do, they only care what you actually did better than everyone else.
It's this victim mentality that is like a swarm of locusts. Recently Wil Wheaton has gone on and on about how he was a victim as kid. And maybe he was, to be fair about it, but no one is going to pretend that it's also not some kind of career gimmick as well, to get his face plastered in the news and mainstream media. Wheaton got to make out with prime Ashley Judd, and be in big movies, so no one is going to rush to feel sorry for him.
This is just the kind of industry where many people are given things. Kate Hudson was a movie star because her step dad and mother were movie stars. Then other people are used and abused. Sucks for Wil Wheaton that his dad wasn't Marlon Brando. But you sure didn't talk about any of this before. Now everyone has a story. I call it the American Idol Syndrome. It's not just enough to be a damn good singer. You need to have been born an orphan and lived in the back of a van while being chased down by a drug cartel.
We will never see films like John Hughes films again. Just guys like Guggenheim and Wheaton sobbing as soon as they see a camera somewhere.