After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that James Gunn will re-write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios. The man is known for directing Slither and Super, as well as writing 2004's Dawn Of The Dead and both Scooby Doo theatrical features. He is also known for starting his career at the infamous Troma production company, and made his first foray into the world of superheroes with The Specials.
Here is James Gunn's official statement on Guardians of the Galaxy.
"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 Feige, Joss Whedon, 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 of the Galaxy is released!