Joss Whedon wasn’t sure if Guardians of the Galaxy could be brought to the screen, but he is confident with Marvel Studios’ choice of James Gunn as the director.
Whedon signed a deal with Marvel to not only write and direct a sequel to The Avengers, but also be a creative consultant on all of the studio’s other films. At the Toronto Film Festival, Whedon spoke with MTV about how he believed hiring Gunn for the Guardians of the Galaxy was the only way to do it right.
When recalling the first time he heard of production plans for Guardians, Whedon recalled, “I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays.’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’” He went on to praise Gunn as being “so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart” and “a craftsman [who] builds from his heart.”
Also, Whedon mentioned Gunn’s previous films about superheroes, The Specials and Super, as further credit to his ability to bring the comic to the screen. Also, Whedon noted that while Gunn has “barely started” on the script, he has “a very twisted take on it” that “all comes from a real love for the material.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014. Check out the full interview with Whedon below to get more details about the upcoming film.