James Gunn Talks Comic Books And How He Hopes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Launches More MARVEL Cosmic Films
It’s been one week since James Gunn finished filming Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ve seen a handful of set pictures and heard a few words from Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and Chris Pratt along the way, but the film has been one of Marvel‘s most secretive productions to date. James Gunn is now out and talking about the big film. He still holds back on what exactly we’ll be seeing in the movie, but he did talk a little bit about his research for the film and how he hopes he set things up nicely for future Marvel cosmic flicks.
Speaking with Fandango (via CBM’s MarvelFreshman), the director touched on the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel‘s more obscure properties. He was familiar with the Guardians before the film, but he did go back and hit the books when he started work. He says he was more familiar with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning‘s work:
Oh, I had to do research because I’m very stupid [laughs]. I don’t have a very good memory. I had read, I think, most of the Guardians books. I was more up to speed on the [comics writers Dan] Abnett [and Andy] Lanning stuff. I had to go back and remind myself. I read a lot of the ’90s stuff when it was out, but I had forgotten it by the time this came along.
Most Guardians fans are fans because of the work of Abnett and Lanning, better known as DnA. Gunn actually had the duo on the set for a few days of filming early on in production. It will be interesting to see just how much influence Gunn drew from the iconic stories the two men told.
Part of Gunn‘s approach to the film, besides reading comics, is putting his own touch on it. The film has already garnered a lot of Star Wars comparisons, but Gunn says they’re doing something very different:
At the risk of sounding pompous, because it’s going to be filtered through me, it’s going to be its own thing no matter what. But I think it was a chance to do something that really could make people feel like I felt when I was a young kid and saw these big spectacular space epics and give them something of that. And that was an exciting thing to be able to do.
After reiterating a few things about Chris Pratt‘s casting and how he just knew the flabby funnyman from Parks and Rec could becomes the chiseled Peter Quill, Gunn said he hopes he sets things up well enough for Marvel to do a lot more cosmic movies:
I want to lay down the rules, I want to start it – I would love to be able to see it grow into other things. I love talking about all the other filmmakers, sitting around with the producer pitching ideas for other filmmakers to take on future Marvel projects. It’s a great thing to be a part of. And I don’t think it’s for everybody, but the truth is for me being able to sort of create this movie is a dream come true and just been a great experience.
Guardians of the Galaxy is very much a risky movie, but Marvel is in the business of taking risks. Guardians is poised to be the cornerstone of the cosmic side of things, the cosmic Iron Man 1 if you will, so a lot of things are riding on the film’s success. With the leaked footage that hit the web, many are already going wild for the Guardians. If it lives up to half the hype it’s getting on the web, then we’re in for a real treat. What do you think about Gunn‘s comments? Guardians of the Galaxy will rocket into theaters August 2014.
Source : Fandango