James Gunn Confirmed as "Guardians of the Galaxy" Director

Since mid-August, "Slither" director James Gunn has been rumored to be one of Marvel Studios' top contenders to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy." While his involvement was far from confirmed, "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon weighed in on Gunn's take on the cosmic super-team in August, describing it as "twisted," but with "a real love for the material."

Today, Gunn confirmed the rumors on his Facebook page, saying he's been hired by Marvel to rewrite and direct the Phase Two film.

"For a month or so there's been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy,'" Gunn said via Facebook. "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!"

Gunn's other film credits include the superhero comedy "Super" starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, both "Scooby Doo" feature films and the recent zombie video game "Lollipop Chainsaw." It's assumed Gunn will likely re-write the "Guardians" script with Chris McCoy, who Marvel tapped in August to rework a draft by Nicole Perlman. The film is reportedly "about 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."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens August 1, 2014

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