Not that this is much a surprise, considering Joss Whedon gave his approval last week, but James Gunn has officially been confirmed as the writer and director for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The Super director released the following statement this morning 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!"
Hopefully we'll hear from Gunn before August 2014, when the film hits theaters. Perhaps early footage at next year's Comic-Con?
The previous script was written by Chris McCoy and Nicole Periman featuring a Guardians team that includes Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Gamora and the ever awesome Rocket Raccoon.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1, 2014 and will presumably lead into Avengers 2, the following summer.