Looks like the big screen version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy just got one step closer to getting the ball rolling.  Last month we reported that Guardians had found a new writer in Chris McCoy.  While I’m starting to doubt the authenticity of that report now (simply because of timing) it can be officially said that James Gunn (Slither, Super) will not only be rewriting the screenplay, but will also direct the film as well.

James officially broke the news on his Facebook page earlier today and 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!

According to Avengers Director, Joss Whedon, Gunn’s reported to have a “twisted take” on Guardians member, Rocket Raccoon.  Can’t wait to see what he does with the film!  Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters on August 1, 2014