I’ve known James Gunn for years. Still remember our talks of a live-action Scooby Doo and his dream to one day have Michael Keaton in a movie. And now, here he is, announcing that he’s directing the next big Marvel blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy”. It’s sweet when the butter comes off the knife so easily, just as it is when good things work out for good people.
From Gunn’s Facebook :
“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!”
Gunn has directed “Slither” and “Super” and written the “Scooby Doo” films. He’s to have “Guardians” shipped and in stores by August 1, 2014.