We've known for the last couple of months that James Gunn (Slither, Super) would be directing Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel, but there's been no solid confirmation of it. Today Gunn has officially confirmed that he'll not only be directing the film, but he'll also be rewriting the script as well. Here's what he said on his Facebook page,
For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Until now I haven’t said anything, because I’m trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing Guardians of the Galaxy. As a lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I’ve been waiting to make since I was nine years old. Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we’re committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited. I am also incredibly grateful to the fans and the press for all their words of encouragement and support regarding my involvement with this project since the news first leaked. Thanks – you have, honestly, touched and overwhelmed me. And that’s it for now. Other than the occasional photos of my dog and cat here on Facebook, I’ll talk to you again in August 2014 when Guardians is released!
Awesome! I'm incredibly excited to see what he is planning for the film! We know from a previous interview with Joss Whedon that Gunn is going to bring us something very twisted.
He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It's going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he's going to come from left field and I'm going to go, 'What?' And then, 'Of course, why didn't I think of that?' And then I'm going to beat him!
In describing Gunn taking the film project he said,
He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon.
The previous script was written by Chris McCoy and Nicole Periman and the film will include the characters, Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora.
So now that it's all set in stone are you excited for Gunn to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy to life on the big screen?