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James Gunn Confirms ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Involvement

For an entire month, Marvel has let word of James Gunn directing its Phase Two film Guardians of the Galaxy go completely unconfirmed or commented on, but that has just changed. Gunn will both rewrite and direct this ensemble film due in 2014.

The Slither and Super director is known for being a big comic fan and giddly expressed his excitement over 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!”

The raccoon mention refers to Rocket Raccoon, who along with Star Lord, Gamora, Drax and Bug form the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Initially written by Chris McCoy and Nicole Periman, Guardians of the Galaxy is due August 1, 2014.


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