James Gunn to Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By , Updated Sep 19, 2012 11:08 AM EDT

James Gunn is all set to direct Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Gunn confirmed on his Facebook page that he will direct and re-write the script originally written by Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman. This confirms an earlier report about Gunn taking over the project. 

Gunn wrote on his Facebook page that he got an "OK" from Kevin Feige, president of production. He has wanted to make the movie ever since he was 9-years-old.

"I'm trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life," he said. "We're committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited."

A director scripting for a movie is well in the lines of Joss Whedon's style, which resulted in "The Avengers," becoming a blockbuster hit. Whedon is assisting Marvel Studios as creative adviser. Earlier, Whedon praised Gunn for his twisted take on things and love for the material.

This is good news for Marvel fans, as it is the second time Marvel is letting a comic book lover direct a movie. The first was with Whedon and ultimately led to "The Avengers."

What remains to be seen is how Gunn, with his love for the book and his "twisted vision," will create another blockbuster franchise.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" will feature characters like StarLord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Groot. The movie is slated to be released Aug. 1, 2014.

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