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Last month it was reported that Marvel was in talks with James Gunn ('Super,' 'Slither') to helm their big screen adaptation of 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' This set the geek communities abuzz as it was somewhat of a left field choice for the studio. The rumor went officially unconfirmed since then, although last week Joss Whedon made comments about being a fan of Gunn's take on the material, which seemed a pretty solid indication that he was indeed directing. Now, finally, Gunn himself has confirmed the rumors. He posted the following on Facebook...
"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."
I am really happy to hear this. James Gunn is such a fascinating filmmaker and the thought of him getting a break like this warms that black void in my chest where my heart should be. While my lack of knowledge of the source material renders me incapable of stating exactly what from Gunn's background makes him perfect for 'Guardians,' I still think his ability to mix dark comedy with superhero tropes in 'Super' will serve him well here. We often run the risk of deifying Joss Whedon here on the site, but it can't be denied that 'The Avengers' was a phenomenal success on every level for Marvel. Therefore, the fact that Gunn has Joss' blessing is no small boost. Here again, Marvel demonstrates its propensity toward riskier director choices, something that has paid off for them nearly every time.
What do you guys think? What can we expect from a James Gunn 'Guardians?' Do you feel he's the right choice? Seriously, can we get Nathan Fillion in this now?