James Gunn, director of the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy attended the 40th Annual Saturn Awards in Burbank, CA. While there, Collider took the chance to conduct an interview and ask him about what it was like creating Guardians, his vision for the film and more. Check out the following short portion of what he had to say here.
When asked how he set up to go about the tone of the film, this is what he had to say:
Gunn: I went as dark as i wanted to go. I'm creating exactly the movie I wanted to create. When i got hired to do Guardians, it was the dream of a lifetime for me. This is what I've been working towards. I've always wanted to create a space adventure, and especially a space adventure with a raccoon. Now that I'm finally able to do it, I created exactly the movie I wanted to make. There's violence in it and there's dark humor, but it isn't like I'm trying to make 'Super 2', which is a very dark movie. But, that's not what this is. Everything I've done is very different from each other. So, I made it as dark as I wanted to make it, and they were okay with that.
In regards to finishing the final touches on the film:
Gunn: Dude, I wish I knew. My end date is July 7th, because I'm flying to Singapore to start the press tour. So, I hope to God it's July 7th. Although I have a feeling that I'll have to be looking by internet at some shots that haven't been finalized yet.
Here is what he had to say about finding the tone and balance of film.
Gunn: I always like to think that I make movies that are like Nirvana songs. They have a slow verse and then they pop into high gear and then they go back into slow and then they pop into high gear again...
...I don't really like movies that are all one or the other. It's really about the play between both of them. Now that I've said that, there's actually lots of movies that I like that are one or the other but it's just not for me as a filmaker.
Collider: And then usually at the end of those films someone gets shot in the head at the end.
Gunn: Yeah. I'm not going to make any promises about Rocket.
And how he felt when offered the chance to direct Guardians of the Galaxy:
Gunn: Have you ever seen one of those 'American Idol' contestants start crying when they win 'American idol'? That's what it felt like. It did. For real.
Make sure to head over to Collider to watch a video of the interview and read more about filming Guardians and what other projects he might have for the near future.
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand -- with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Guardians of The Galaxy is Marvel Studios newest original property to hit the silver screen.
It will release July 31st in the United Kingdom and August 1st in the United States.
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer
Bradley Cooper as Rocket (voice)
Vin Diesel as Groot (voice)
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Lee Pace as Ronan
Benicio Del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector
Josh Brolin as Thanos (voice)
Directed by James Gunn