We’ve all known for a while now that James Gunn was going to direct the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. No one was particularly quiet about it. However, no real announcement was made and Gunn himself was silent on the issue. That changed today when he took to Facebook to confirm the very poorly-kept secret.
As expected, Gunn will not only be directing, but rewriting Chris McCoy and Nicole Periman’s script.
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!
He certainly is saying all the right things (as filmmakers generally tend to), but does anyone really think he’ll be able to not talk about the project until its release? Does he not think Marvel’s going to trot him out to show some footage at Comic Con?