It's pretty much as I thought: The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has nothing to do with the upcoming Disney animated series.
And that's good news. More on that below.
James Gunn recently clarified articles that misinformed websites were writing about him regarding statements made about the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers.
In the comments following the post on Facebook, Gunn answered a question about being involved with the Disney Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Gunn said he is not.
I'm not involved at all, and it isn't connected to the Guardians in the movie at all (despite a quote that says otherwise by one of the producers).
The reason I consider it good news is because former Marvel Comics editor Stephen Wacker and Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb are behind the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Following Marvel Studios greenlighting the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2009 or so, Marvel Comics cancelled the comic book that inspired the $750 million movie, and then fired the writers, artists and editor off the book.
Senior editor Stephen Wacker swiped Guardians of the Galaxy from editor Bill Rosemann (who single handedly was responsible for adding Rocket Raccoon to the team), and Brian Michael Bendis swiped writing chores from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
At the same time, Jeph Loeb launched a new version of Nova, which was another title by said creative team that was fired that ran alongside the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy (and actually was responsible for spearheading Guardians).
Loeb went on to become Head of Marvel TV, and then Wacker joined him as VP of Marvel Animation.