James Gunn Finally Confirms Directing & Rewriting Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

James Gunn Finally Confirms Directing & Rewriting Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

While he's been in talks for quite some time, Super helmer James Gunn has fashionably announced via Facebook that he's directing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as rewriting its script!

Exactly one month ago, Hollywood trades revealed that Marvel Studios had chosen Super director James Gunn to helm their big risky “space epic,” Guardians of the Galaxy. And while the deal was then in an early phase, Marvel's The Avengers director and Gunn's good friend, Joss Whedon recently confirmed it had prospered.

And now, making use of his official Facebook account, James Gunn has penned a lengthy statement confirming himself as director of the interstellar superhero team-up. In addition, he also confirms that he's rewriting the script that was originally by Nicole Periman before Christopher McCoy did a rewrite also. The statement reads:

“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!”

Marvel Studios presents “Guardians of the Galaxy”—the big cinematic event exploring an interstellar super hero team-up, featuring Marvel characters Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon. While story details are under wraps, the film is rumored to lead with a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

From a screenplay by Nicole Perlman and Chris McCoy, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “Guardians of the Galaxy,” first published in 1969 and revived in 2008. While a director and ensemble cast have yet to be announced, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will assemble on August 1, 2014. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute the film. In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; and the currently-untitled sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers,” the third highest grossing film of all time, on May 1, 2015.

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Jollem - 9/18/2012, 10:36 AM
interesting. now have me care about these galactic guards
BruceLeroy - 9/18/2012, 10:37 AM
Easily Marvel's most ambitious project. Let's see how it turns out.
HULK2099 - 9/18/2012, 10:47 AM
Kingdork - 9/18/2012, 10:50 AM
YES! YES! YES! Make mine MARVEL!
Kingdork - 9/18/2012, 10:51 AM
We can do without Nova. He's not really part of the team anyway.
Moriarty117 - 9/18/2012, 10:53 AM
That was a classy public statement, man.

I'm getting more and more excited for GotG, it took me awhile to warm up to the idea. Now, I think it'll be pretty great. Cant't wait to hear casting reports.

So...Marvel can get Guardians on the big screen before DC can make a Flash, Wonder Woman, or Maritan Manhunter movie made? Step it up, Warner/DC!
JerBear - 9/18/2012, 10:56 AM
Aaaawww yeeeaaahh!!!
Kayo - 9/18/2012, 10:59 AM
hell yessssssssssss, can't wait for the casting choice
jimpinto24 - 9/18/2012, 10:59 AM
James Gunn knows how to mix comedy with action. So I think he will do a good job writing, and directing GOTG.
soberchimera - 9/18/2012, 10:59 AM
I just gave the news to Newman over the phone
theHuch - 9/18/2012, 11:03 AM
Bring on Star-Lord!
SpoonWielder - 9/18/2012, 11:07 AM
@TelaVizion Rocket Racoon is definitely gonna become Marvel's Pikachu
marvel72 - 9/18/2012, 11:07 AM
i can't wait to see this,just read guardians of the galaxy 1-25,annihilation conquest & war of kings & then you'll see why people are excited to see this.

promote it with "from the studio that gave you the avengers" people will go & see it.

stick thanos in it as the main villain & fanboy's will see it multiple times.
FightAs0ne - 9/18/2012, 11:12 AM
Sweet....needs moar something....

WinterSoldier24 - 9/18/2012, 11:15 AM
"...AND raccoons..."- this actually made me lol in real life-- out loud...yeah.

Anyhow, I can't wait for set photos to start leaking! Really looking forward to this. Marvels really rollin the dice with this pic. Let's hope it works out!

CptHero - 9/18/2012, 11:26 AM
Can't give 2 shits about the guy but the project sounds interesting.
BoosterGold1991 - 9/18/2012, 11:29 AM
I have not seen any of James Gunn's movies, any recommendations?
Killuminatic - 9/18/2012, 11:32 AM
@DCMF I'm expecting shitloads of news/scoops/rumours from you in the coming weeks and months... You've not dissapointed on your previous coverage of MCU, so you better not dissapointed now. Now Get To It!!! That goes all you editors aswell!!! Oh and please get some DC/WB coverage aswell, you don't wanna dissapoint all those DC fans...
PeterDarker121 - 9/18/2012, 11:33 AM

THAT'S what I wanna hear.

I'm REALLY pumped for this now.
Theunderdog - 9/18/2012, 11:33 AM
Checkout My Fancast of GOTG Click on picture

billytwohats - 9/18/2012, 11:36 AM
Reckon this'll do ok business will be up against Transformers 4.
Orphix - 9/18/2012, 11:36 AM
If GotG is the lead in film to The Avengers 2 when will we get to see Antman? Will his film fit into Phase 2???

Or will he be properly introduced in another franchise film? Perhaps Avengers 2 itself???
fortycals - 9/18/2012, 11:41 AM
Man I really hope this works out, but please dont tone down RR too much. He's a bad a$$ mother flarker, and should be portrayed that way. Nolan north for the voice over. Lets get bobcat goldthwait as groot.
TheBeard - 9/18/2012, 11:42 AM
adam warlock is a must if thanos is involved
marvel72 - 9/18/2012, 11:45 AM
@ ImmortalVigilante

"super" on the cover it says "better than kick ass",personally i didn't think so but still pretty good.
Rhys - 9/18/2012, 11:47 AM

Ha1frican - 9/18/2012, 11:54 AM
I wasn't too jazzed about him but Joss said hes on board with his take so i trust his judgement
NerdyGeek - 9/18/2012, 11:57 AM
blackandyellow: Yeah, no! Tommy Wiseau is the obvious choice ;)
HULK2099 - 9/18/2012, 12:00 PM
CharlesLord - 9/18/2012, 12:00 PM
WB needs to follow in the footsteps of Marvel and get ppl who show passion for their properties, then maybe everyone will get a good DC movie outside of Batman and (hopefully) Superman
thalidomide - 9/18/2012, 12:01 PM
This is a big gamble for Marvel.
sicknimon - 9/18/2012, 12:01 PM
IF ADAM WARLOCK ISN'T IN IT I DON'T CARE!!! That would be awesome to have Adam killed at the end and become the Magus!!!!! @ TELAVIZION this movie needs to be 80% KNOWHERE!!!!!! HA! for anybody who read the series
DioFoRio - 9/18/2012, 12:03 PM
@FightasOne...Damn that chick is smokin'
billytwohats - 9/18/2012, 12:03 PM
What happens to marvels Movie universe if a couple of movies bomb? Then what are they going to do reboot the whole thing?
DioFoRio - 9/18/2012, 12:06 PM
@Yoss And Cipher...there goes the news over sensationalizing again.."ORGY" there were only three people in the car. Back in my day that was called a threesome...or Friday night at Muffins.
DioFoRio - 9/18/2012, 12:08 PM
but never in a Ferrari...a Yugo maybe.
DioFoRio - 9/18/2012, 12:09 PM
THIS MOVIE IS GONNA BE SICK!!! Can't wait to see Gunn add his humor to StarLord and Raccoon.
rockerdude22 - 9/18/2012, 12:21 PM
Can't wait for this! Seems like Gunn is really passionate about this!
Ha1frican - 9/18/2012, 12:24 PM
Has anyone noticed that after Joss Marvel has been hiring more and more writer/directors?
siggisuperman - 9/18/2012, 12:25 PM
Anyone ever consider Ryan Reynolds for Luke Cage ??
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