If there ever was the perfect choice to pick a director for a film like Guardians of the Galaxy, the James Gunn was the perfect man for the job. So it is great that he is returning to continue the epic story of our lovable group of miscast anti-heroes. He recently sat down and spoke with The Playlist at the Tokyo International Film Festival and by the sounds of things he’s already utilizing his fully eccentric brain capacity and thinking even further ahead than GOTG 2 (gotta love Gunn’s work ethic and dedication to his craft). When asked about the sequel and what might happen after that Gunn had this to say:
“We open up on a Mission: Impossible scenario where all the characters die…No, to be honest, I had the basic story for number two while I was working on number one, and perhaps even beyond that. So it’s gonna answer a lot of questions that are proposed in the first one, and we’ll be able to get to know some of the characters we didn’t get to know in the first one a little bit more, and we might meet a few new characters too.”
Sounds like the storyline is mapped out to span across multiple films, but we kind of expected that anyway – it’s just nice that Gunn is thinking so far ahead. Going by the Box Office intake of the first film alone, it’s obvious that this is what the fans want; more movies. Another interesting topic he touched on was when he spoke about the movie making process with Marvel and explained how there is a fine balance when working with the studio juggernauts. This is interesting due to the Ant-Man fiasco in which Edgar Wright spent a good part of 8 years of his life dedicated to bring the film to the big screen only to pull out just before production had started. Junn had a few words to say about working with the king of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, and explained that is sometimes a frustrating process and Feige is so hands on. So, it seems that Gunn managed to work his own way around these bridges, but Edgar Wright decided to break bridges with the studio. Gunn pitched in:
“I very much knew that there were certain things about Guardians that needed to stay the Marvel way, but then figuring out a way around them to do my own thing was I think part of what made me have so much fun with the movie. So there’s always those things, whether they’re budgetary or otherwise. And even on Guardians, there was a lot of budgetary constraints.”
So, as of now, Gunn is locked away in a dungeon somewhere in Kevin Feige’s house penning the script for the second instalment of the franchise (don’t think he is really locked away in Feige’s dungeon, but no doubt Feige will be keeping a close eye out on developments). Gunn was asked if attending the Tokyo International Film Festival had inspired him to return to his low-budget indie roots and he had this to say:
“I think if I were to do something in a lower budget, I’d probably do it in another medium. I would be more interested in doing something like that on television —something I haven’t done…..Definitely True Detective was a great example of one director, one story. It worked fantastically well. Well, I thought it worked fantastically well, I know a lot people didn’t. A lot of people didn’t like the last episode, I loved it. But I do have a lot of hardcore atheist friends who react badly whenever there’s even a hint of mysticism.”
Some of Gunn’s earlier works like ‘Slither’, which was a fantastic homage to ‘Night of the Creeps’ is a vastly underrated film which has gained somewhat of a cult status starring every geek-favourite, Nathien Fillion, who – funnily enough, has a small cameo in GOTG. It seems that Gunn is happy making big budget movies for the time being (I mean, …who doesn’t want a Marvel gig?!). It seems that everyone who is anyone in Hollywood wants a shot of donning the tights, as it is a guaranteed paycheck. It also offers more exposure to actors and directors, thusly, giving them more choice in roles in between the big tentpoles. Gunn’s focuss at this point in time is Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2 and we at Nerd Bastards couldn’t be happier about that. Sound off your comments, pitch in and join the in on the discussion.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released in theaters on May 5th, 2017.