It’s official, hardcore geek favorite director James Gunn will be both writing and directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. His quirky and sometimes strange point of view (just watch Slither) is perfect to being Rocket Raccoon to life on the big screen. Gunn confirmed the news via this post on his Facebook page:
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!
Hopefully Marvel will being James Gunn with them to San Diego Comic Con next July and show off some early concepts for the movie. Also, I really hope they put Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians in Avengers 2 as Rocket verbally sparing with Tony Stark will bring the house down.