Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has officially landed a director with the confirmed news that James Gunn will be helming the upcoming ‘Phase 2’ film in addition to rewriting the script. Gunn’s attachment to the intergalactic feature has long been rumored in Hollywood circles and was strengthened even moreso when The Avengers director Joss Whedon spoke about his involvement in the project last month.
Today, however, Gunn officially confirmed his role as director on his Facebook page with the following statement:
“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!”
Guardians of the Galaxy will mark Gunn’s largest production so far in Hollywood as well as the most ambitious project yet to be introduced in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to arrive in theaters on August 1, 2014.
via [Coming Soon]