Associate Producer Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Is A Different Kind Of Sci-Fi Movie
We know that James Gunn is doing something completely new and unlike anything Marvel has ever done with Guardians of the Galaxy, but it appears he will also be doing something a little different in the science fiction genre as well. Gunn elaborated just a little more on his Rocket Raccoon comments, but the film’s associate producer teased the director’s visual sensibilities and how he’s approach the story’s sci-fi elements.
Speaking with SFX (via James Gunn News), the director’s comments about Rocket Raccoon are presented in full. We mentioned those in one of our previous Guardians articles, but they bear repeating since we can’t get enough Rocket:
This is a movie that has a talking raccoon in it, and it’s very important that it’s not The Avengers with Bugs Bunny in the center of it. It’s really important that Rocket is a real creature. I love him, and he is the heart of the movie- he is most representative of the Guardians in the fact that he’s this little mangled beast that was taken and experimented upon and torn apart and put back together, and we have to feel that character’s soul. Not only does he have to be funny, which he is, but he’s got to be somebody who we really love and care about. And if we see his plight, and see why he’s such an angry little guy, then the movie will work.
Gunn clearly loves Rocket, and he’s been very ecstatic about the work Bradley Cooper is doing in the recording studio, so it will be interesting to finally see what they’ve been cooking up for the gun-totting little guy. The only things we know for sure about the raccoon is roughly what he looks like and that Cooper has worked on a different voice for the character.
On the other side of things the movie’s associate producer, Jonathan Schwartz, had a few of his own interesting things to tell the magazine. Schwartz started off by praised Gunn‘s work on the film and the unique visual style he’ll be bringing to the film and the Marvel universe as a whole. He then went on to touch on the film’s tone. It sounds like the director will be breaking from the style of the science fiction movies we’ve been seeing a lot of in recent years:
When James Gunn came aboard he brought a completely unique visual sensibility to it, harkening back to pulpy ’50s science fiction. One of the things that he mentioned in his original pitch was that science fiction as we understand it has become greyer and sleeker and blacker and darker, this kind of Blade Runner world. We all love Blade Runner but that’s not all that science fiction can be, so the world that you’re going to see in Guardians of the Galaxy is colorful and bright and pulpy, but it’s also lived-in and grounded. And finding that balance between those two things is what’s driving a lot of this universe.
If you were able to catch the teaser footage that was shown off at Comic Con and some other conventions, you’re well aware of the fact that Guardians seems action-packed, intense, and actually pretty funny. That mixture of science fiction and ’50s pulp that Schwartz talks about is what most folks that have seen anything from the film praise. Regardless of how things play out, it’s safe to say that Guardians is going to be big, unique, and incredibly crazy. James Gunn doesn’t do anything less than that. What do you think about Schwartz‘s comments?