Because you would need someone slightly mad to chronicle the exploits of a team that includes a gun-slinging raccoon and a giant talking tree, Marvel has released the latest news on its ever-expanding cinematic universe: James Gunn, director of the creature feature Slither and superhero satire Super, confirmed the news on his Facebook page this morning:
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!
Development of the project has been moving fast since the first piece of concept art was unveiled back at SDCC, showing the current comics roster of Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. The previous draft of the script was penned by Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman.