James Gunn Confirmed to Rewrite & Direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
While we heard that Slither and Super director James Gunn was the top choice to direct Marvel's next ensemble superhero project, Guardians of the Galaxy (and earlier Joss Whedon basically confirmed his involvement by putting his faith in him as a filmmaker), Disney and Marvel didn't release a statement confirming or denying Gunn's involvement (though that's become standard operating procedure when news like this comes from fairly unofficial channels). However, Gunn, who is normally pretty vocal online, has also remained quiet. But that changed today as Gunn took to Facebook with an official statement. Read on!
Here's James Gunn's entire statement about directing Guardians of the Galaxy published on his Facebook:
"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!"
I'm sure Gunn will talk more about the project before the film's release in 2014, but Marvel and Disney love their secrets, so his words will probably still be vague and few and far between. Either way, it's good to have official confirmation straight from the horse's mouth, and hear that this is exactly what Gunn has been building towards with his film career. I'm sure he never thought this project would specifically be Guardians of the Galaxy, but it's this scope, this style and this comic book blockbuster part of a bigger universe that he's likely always envisioned. We'll keep you posted on Guardians of the Galaxy so stay tuned! Thoughts?