Although Joss Whedon had already broken the news in an earlier interview, director James Gunn took to Facebook over the weekend to formally confirm that he'll be working on the upcoming Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.
He also informed his fans that he will rewrite the film, which currently has a script by three-time Black List writer Chris McCoy. That he's doing so is likely no reflection on McCoy's script, as much as it is a natural that when you've got a writer-director who takes on a project after a draft is already in, it makes perfect sense that he would give it a once-over in order to include his own "twisted take" on the story.
"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!"