It’s been reported all over the net for a while now, that people have already considered James Gunn’s appointment as director of Marvel’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy as a done deal, but Marvel has done all of us one better by recently confirming – officially, that is – that Gunn will be directing the upcoming movie. What’s more, they also revealed that Gunn will be rewriting the script.
They already have a script penned by Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman, but Gunn has been given permission to do away with the script and write his own from scratch, which was the similar approach Marvel did with Joss Whedon and The Avengers.
Gunn is excited about the project, of course, and has released an official statement via his Facebook page:
“For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy,” said Gunn. “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 opens in the US on 1 August 2014.