After the success of The Avengers, Marvel studios has given the go ahead to several new movies, and alongside the obligatory sequels to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers is Guardians of the Galaxy. Based on the comic book of the same name, it’s about an interstellar team of superheroes that includes a gun-wielding raccoon and a tree. It probably doesn’t sound like something easily accessible to a non-comic booking reading public, but Marvel seems to be more willing to take chances these days after the massive success of The Avengers, which was written and directed by Joss Whedon, a cult favorite but someone who had never helmed a project that big before and had a long line of beloved but cancelled television shows under his belt. Now, who is going to direct this possibly risky movie? Another cult favorite director of course! James Gunn, writer and director of sci-fi-horror-comedy Slither and superhero satire Super, has been confirmed as writer and director of Guardians. Gunn revealed his involvement in the project on his Facebook page where he had this to say:
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!
Will Gunn be able to replicate the same level of success that Whedon achieved with Avengers? We’ll have to wait and see. Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to be released August 1, 2014, and it might have a big part to play in the sequel to Avengers considering the recently revealed news that Thanos will appear in both Avengers 2 and Guardians.
Looking forward to Marvel’s new batch of movies? Think that Gunn can do justice to Guardians of the Galaxy and bring in more than just the comic book crowd? Let us know in the comments below!