At Comic-Con this year, Marvel confirmed that they would be making Guardians of the Galaxy with a proposed August 2014 release. Rumors had it that James Gunn (who directed Super and Slither) would be helming the projects, and that word was coming from Avengers director Joss Whedon himself. Now it’s official, and Gunn went to Facebook to tell the world about it.

Here is his missive:

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 was also mentioned for the Deadpool/Wolverine spin-off, but that project seems to have stalled out. When we talked to Gunn for the release of Super, he mentioned that it was hard to make medium budget films in the industry, and so your options were mostly either micro or macro-budgeted films. As he said “the studios are really concerned with these hundred million dollar movies because that’s what makes them most of their money. So there’s hundred million dollar movies, and a bunch of two million dollar movies and the in-betweens don’t exist.”  This then is his stab to work in the majors, as it were.

With Gunn’s involvement, it’s then likely that film will feature roles for Michael Rooker, and possibly Lloyd Kaufman. Other than that, we’re going to have to get that much closer to get a better look at what the man has in store for his Guardians of the Galaxy.

Are you excited James Gunn is directing Guardians of the Galaxy?