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After a lot of speculation, James Gunn has officially landed the directing gig for Guardians of the Galaxy.
While many people are still trying to wrap their brains around the concept this is even going to make it to the silver screen, those of us familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy knew it was going to take a bit of an oddball director and writer to pull this off. Well, Marvel found its boy in James Gunn. If you aren’t familiar with his work, just watch Super and … be prepared for where it goes.
Gunn issued the following statement about the news.
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!
This is definitely going to be a heck of a ride.
[Thanks to WinExtra for the tip]