It’s been pretty much set as a given for several weeks now, but James Gunn has confirmed that he’s taking on the directorial duties for the August 1st, 2014 release of Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios. The feature is a strong turn away from the more well known and real world based characters Marvel Studios has worked with for most of their films, but it builds on the expansion that came both with Thor and The Avengers to open up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to things outside of Earth and more in the science fiction realm.
Gunn released a statement via Facebook today about the project.
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!