Weeks after everyone on the internet reported it as a fact, James Gunn finally realized he's directing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Source: The Facebook
James Gunn confirmed rumors and speculations that have been running rampant on the internet for weeks with this official statement 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!
Gunn, of course, is a few weeks behind the rest of the internet, which had long ago accepted the rumors as fact, and proceeded to run at least one article per day per website reporting on the latest tidbit of news about it. The movie is set to come out in August 2014, and will expand the Marvel movieverse into the cosmic realm, presumably building on the post-credits scene in The Avengers that featured Thanos. Nathan Fillion is rumored* to play Rocket Raccoon in the movie.
*a rumor we're starting now