James Gunn Confirms He's Directing and Rewriting 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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We were pretty sure James Gunn rewriting and directing 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was a done deal, with Joss Whedon even commenting a couple of weeks ago. But just in case there were any doubts, Gunn has released an official statement to confirm his involvement.

Marvel recently added another big project to their slate -- 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' It's a tricky property and one that needs the right approach to really make it work. Really, one of the superheroes is a raccoon, so whoever helms this one has to have some seriously awesome perspective. Then it was announced that James Gunn, director of 'Super' and 'Slither' would be directing the project, and even Joss Whedon gave his blessing.

Gunn has taken to his Facebook page to make it official:

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!

Not only does James Gunn have the perfect sense of humor for a superhero flick involving an ass-kicking raccoon, but he seems to truly love the franchise and we're looking forward to seeing his ideas come to life in 2014.

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