'Overwhelmed' James Gunn confirms Guardians of the Galaxy details

After weeks of speculation, and Joss Whedon's stamp of approval, James Gunn has confirmed he's directing Guardians of the Galaxy. In a recent Facebook post, he details his duties that include more than just sitting behind a camera.

James Gunn is taking a page out of Whedon's book. Not only will he direct Guardians of the Galaxy, but he'll also rewrite the screenplay following Nicole Periman and Christopher McCoy. He has a lot on his plate, but the director is excited about the job.

"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!"

With characters like Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy takes the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) deeper into space. Are you ready for that?

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters Aug 1, 2014.

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