Brian Bendis Comments On Director James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Rewrite

Without delving into details of course, Marvel writer and film consultant Brian Michael Bendis has offered nothing but praise for director James Gunn's rewrite of the Guardians of the Galaxy script.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 1/25/2013
While much of the buzz surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy is who’ll nab the lead role, Marvel writer and film consultant Brian Michael Bendis recently made an effort to comment on the space epic’s latest draft by writer-director James Gunn. Like a few Star-Lord contenders have done in the past, Bendis praised the script, via Newsarama, for Marvel’s first non-sequel ‘Phase Two’ addition.

“I’m not allowed to say anything specific — it’s a great script. It really turned out great. James Gunn did a really great job. I read the last draft — "Oh please, don’t suck, because I’ve already invested part of my life into this — and I was like, "Oh, this is great! This is going to be a lot of fun!” As you may already know, Bendis is scripting the ongoing Marvel NOW! series for Guardians with Steve McNiven. “It’s a very unique experience of writing the comic while the movie is getting ready to go. Every day people hear something about the movie. That’s very cool, because we’ve been helping with it secretly for years. Bendis also says that the movie’s casting buzz during promotion for his Marvel NOW! series is, “A nice surprise. It wasn’t fully planned this way, but it is cool that there’s always some Guardians of the Galaxy news in the nerd press every day.”

Speaking of casting, the last we heard about the long-gestured process is that James Gunn and Marvel were testing Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell and Cam Gigandet for Peter Quill, while they’ve reportedly offered roles to Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler. Though the reports didn’t come from the trades, they’ve yet to be debunked. And filming starts in London this summer. What do you think?





Marvel Studios presents “Guardians of the Galaxy”—A big space epic featuring an unlikely cast of Marvel characters, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn from a screenplay by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the Marvel comic book series “Guardians of the Galaxy,” first published in 1969 and revived in 2008. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014, in 3D. In addition, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; the sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!

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Jollem - 1/25/2013, 11:41 AM
bmb should be involved in tasm 3
DioFoRio - 1/25/2013, 11:43 AM
@Jollem yup
Asterisk - 1/25/2013, 12:03 PM
Bendis is writing the best books over at Marvel right now.
Jollem - 1/25/2013, 12:07 PM
^you mean at marvel now right now? :)
Asterisk - 1/25/2013, 12:09 PM
^Oh, yeah, that's right. Stupid gimmick names :P
mawilli4 - 1/25/2013, 12:47 PM
i'm excited about this film. the comic makes me a tad nervous. ever since McNiven dissed the earlier GotG, it's kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I'll pick it up though just to check it out.
DioFoRio - 1/25/2013, 12:50 PM
@HasaHardonforGrifinAnUnhealthyWay- what's your next screen name going to be tomorrow?
jimpinto24 - 1/25/2013, 12:51 PM
I'm looking forward to GOTG! I hope Jim Carrey is casted as the voice of Rocket Raccoon.
DrDoom - 1/25/2013, 12:52 PM
So how many rewrites did this script go through?
Rhysno1 - 1/25/2013, 12:57 PM
Joel Edgerton for Star Lord!
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/25/2013, 1:00 PM
the script better be [frick]ing excellent. if gotg bombs, it could be the next batman and robin.
marvel72 - 1/25/2013, 1:00 PM
most anticipated movie of marvel's phase 2,i don't care how many rewrites the script gets as long as the final product is good.
dezdigi - 1/25/2013, 1:06 PM
This is the only part of Phase II that worries me a little. I'll feel better after I see some screen shots and a teaser.
AmazingFantasy - 1/25/2013, 1:08 PM
@GrifStalker-

BlackFlash - 1/25/2013, 1:35 PM
All choices for Rocket Raccoon are bad, it should be Ray Winstone or Jason Statham there voice would be perfect.
SpoonWielder - 1/25/2013, 1:39 PM
@cipher
Everytime I read your comments dude, I can't help but read them in Spike's voice. It's awesome.
SpideyQuad - 1/25/2013, 1:55 PM
Agreed never trust Hollywood.

Trust in Marvel only.
MrNiklander - 1/25/2013, 3:24 PM
So they are filming in summer and they havent even got a cast!??!! At least get Gigandent the guy deserves a good movie after TWILIGHT and Priest
DefcoN - 1/25/2013, 3:28 PM
So desperate to see this guys in a movie!
YoungThanos - 1/25/2013, 3:40 PM
This could really broaden the Cosmic Marvel universe. I'm really excited about this film!
eleven59 - 1/25/2013, 3:56 PM
Well script and casting will be very key for this movie... Sounds like one half is going good
repulse93 - 1/25/2013, 4:11 PM
You know, this is all very hopeful but I can't help but think were missing two someones...

Oh yeah, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, as in, THE GUYS WHO FREAKING DEFINED THE COSMIC SIDE OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! Where the hell are their comments on this?
dellamorte1872 - 1/25/2013, 5:35 PM
DAWN OF THE DEAD remake was ZAC SNYDER. duh? dont comment unless you know
Minato - 1/25/2013, 6:22 PM
GOTG for comback player of the year
Minato - 1/25/2013, 6:22 PM
GOTG for comeback player of the year
Hexagram - 1/25/2013, 7:01 PM
@monkeybollz

I agree. When I talk smack.., I'm really pushing for what I know can be greater than the bottom line that has been settled for and yet is profitable in recent years. The GOTG film has the potential to be the coolest and most unique comicbook film yet.., if they realize this and don't try to just hit Firefly beats. Groot could get severe LOTR fan backlash and if the script is mediocre.., could severely hurt the film. I'm not a hater.., just not afraid to point out what noone else wants to. $ doesn't always talk. Hell, look at Bladerunner.., a commercial flop upon theatrical release(both versions are great.., well sorry all versions are great)and it didn't matter to me when I finally "got" the film on video in like '86 or '87.
ETPHHM1 - 1/25/2013, 8:03 PM
@repulse93- Dan Abnett and Andy Lannin did change the comic universe. I really do believe James Gunn will have to incorporate the Kree Empire & Ronan the Accuser in this flick, i wouldn't mind Nova in this flick.
ETPHHM1 - 1/25/2013, 8:09 PM
i just freakin hope they keep Star-Lord's helment.
Hexagram - 1/25/2013, 10:31 PM
Nova and the Kree! Mar-vell?
DrStrange - 1/26/2013, 1:56 AM
To be honest... I don't really know them.
But a talking raccoon? Come on....
Groot looks great tough!
Talon1024 - 1/26/2013, 6:23 AM
Why is this getting made? There are plenty of great Marvel heroes who don't have a Space Raccoon. I liken this to if DC went into production with Captain Carrot movie.
DocDrop - 1/26/2013, 10:49 AM
Jason Statham for Rocket Raccoon would be... AWESOME!!!
Ronnie11 - 1/26/2013, 12:06 PM
TBF i am more eager about GOTG than any of the movies in phase 2...
SugarYumYum - 1/26/2013, 6:15 PM
“I’m not allowed to say anything specific — it’s a great script. It really turned out great. James Gunn did a really great job. I read the last draft — "Oh please, don’t suck, because I’ve already invested part of my life into this — and I was like, "Oh, this is great! This is going to be a lot of fun!”

... tbh, I actually believe him.
Talon1024 - 1/26/2013, 8:41 PM
It could be written by William Faulkner...I'm not paying to see a 4th rate superhero team with a talking Racoon...even if you throw in Bullwinkle

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