Super! James Gunn Personally (And Charmingly) Confirms He’s Directing And Rewriting Guardians Of The Galaxy
When Joss Whedon was announced as director of The Avengers at San Diego Comic-Con a couple of years back, it was one of the worst-kept secret in Hollywood. The audience cheered heartily anyway, not so much from surprise as relief that the rumour was true.
Welcome to the sequel: Worst-Kept Marvel Movie Secret 2. And this time, Whedon plays a cameo.
Yesterday, Super and Slither director James Gunn posted official confirmation on his Facebook page that he’s rewriting and directing the movie version of Marvel’s space-based superteam Guardians Of The Galaxy. This wasn’t much of a shock. There have been leaks on the internet for about a month now, and then Joss Whedon went on record raving about Gunn’s plans for the movie.
It’s still nice to have the rumour conformed, though, because ever since Gunn’s name cropped up in relation to the film, we’ve been excited about the choice; another in Marvel’s wonderfully quirky choices of directors (how long before we get Woody Allen’s Dr Strange or David Lynch’s Howard The Duck?).
Anyway, here’s what Gunn had to say. It’s delightfully full of excitement and enthusiasm:
“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!”
We seriously can’t wait! (Though we hope he’s not abandoning Twitter as well – he’s fill so many column inches in Tweets Of The Week!)