We've known for awhile that James Gunn (Super) was Marvel's go-to guy for Guardians of the Galaxy, with Avengers director Joss Whedon confirming as much last week, praising Gunn's "twisted take" on the material. However, all along Gunn has remained silent... until today. Marvel chief Kevin Feige gave Gunn the go-ahead to send the geek world a message regarding what may be Marvel's riskiest film, due in theatrers in August 2014. Here's what Gunn had to say:
"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 is currently set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014, and it follows a futuristic team of superheroes (including a badass talking raccoon) who must protect the galaxy from a massive threat. For more, check out our complete beginner's guide to Guardians of the Galaxy here.
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