James Gunn On GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Being The Exact Movie He Wanted To Make

James Gunn On GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Being The Exact Movie He Wanted To Make

James Gunn recently sat down for an interview with Collider's Christina Radish and talked about trying to finish the film, the marketing of the movie, and more!! Take a look at what he had to say.

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By jmartinez986 - 6/28/2014
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
Source: Collider
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TelaVizion - 6/28/2014, 5:51 AM
I can't wait to see this. By the looks of the trailers, it's done like how the comic series are. I hope they use outer space slangs for cursing like they do in the comics
Maven - 6/28/2014, 5:52 AM
Bait. Thread.
whoa123 - 6/28/2014, 5:59 AM
Good for him, I hope the same thing happened to Edgar Wright though.
PymParticle - 6/28/2014, 6:03 AM
What does he mean with "No promises regarding Rocket?"
Phronesis - 6/28/2014, 6:27 AM
I love his excitement and humbleness, but it's taking me some time to get use to his style.
Rulk - 6/28/2014, 6:34 AM
I really can't wait for this film. I love the comics. I'm as excited as it gets! And thank you Marvel for bringing Rocket Racoon to life!!!

SuperCat - 6/28/2014, 6:39 AM
"I'm creating exactly the movie I wanted to create." Now that's something you don't expect to hear from many of today's directors. Good for him.
McNyagano - 6/28/2014, 6:48 AM
Well the film definately felt like a James Gunn movie.
sameoldthing - 6/28/2014, 6:48 AM
Gunn really sounds excited about the film & the opportunity to make this.
He's done some cool stuff before,I hope this movie is his best work.
MrCBM56 - 6/28/2014, 6:51 AM
The thought of even knowing we're about to get a Guardians movie just raises my anticipation. I can't wait.
MexicanSuperman - 6/28/2014, 6:54 AM
"I'm creating exactly the movie I wanted to create." Other than the parts he was a yes man.

Snotzo - 6/28/2014, 6:58 AM
Should be Peter Quill, not David, right?
BIGBMH - 6/28/2014, 7:00 AM
It's interesting to hear him talking about how he was able to make exactly the movie he wanted to after everything that went down with Edgar Wright. There has been a lot of speculation about how controlling Marvel was in that situation. Maybe Gunn's ideas are just very in line with Marvel's. I do wonder if Wright's version of Ant Man was something that just really wouldn't have gelled with the rest of the MCU.
KINGPEN266 - 6/28/2014, 7:02 AM
CletusKasady89 - 6/28/2014, 7:02 AM
@Ethan, that is hilarious haha. I really can't wait for this movie. Gunn just seems like this is the movie he's been waiting for and comparing this to a Nirvana song was pretty bad ass.
jmartinez986 - 6/28/2014, 7:05 AM
yea, my bad, was typing the names as they came to my head n batista's name must've popped in my head at the time..
unfortunately i cant find the article in my list and i'm not able to fix it..
Platinum - 6/28/2014, 7:05 AM
I wanna know whether or not he's coming back for any future Marvel projects.
KINGPEN266 - 6/28/2014, 7:07 AM
Owned with a pool ball
WinterSoldier33 - 6/28/2014, 7:09 AM
I am really looking forward to this

The only thing is ronin the accuser, it seems like he will be under used
Pedrito - 6/28/2014, 7:15 AM
Gunn should tackle another CBM property after this.
Maybe he's the one to finally make that Runaways movie.
Or even a fun DC movie. Imagine him handling Flash's Rogues!
MrBlackJack - 6/28/2014, 7:17 AM
AlexanderLykins - 6/28/2014, 7:17 AM
James Gunn and Joss Whedon need to work on Avengers 3 together.
l0rdleg0las - 6/28/2014, 7:18 AM
I can't wait for this movie. Aside from Cap this has been my most anticipated movie since The Avengers came out.

MightyZeus - 6/28/2014, 7:23 AM
Good for Gunn. I'm pleased this film has turned out to be what his vision is. I've never really loved a film Gunn has done except i did enjoy Slither.

Everything about the film from the trailers, the posters everything with advertising has looked great so far. I really hope this film will entertain me like Captain America: TWS. Right now, Marvel Studios is on a roll.
Tetrahedron - 6/28/2014, 7:25 AM
I like a director who knows his place, is a team player and doesn't think he's more important than he is. When you work for Marvel Studios you have to check your ego at the door and unfortunately some directors (and actors) have an ego that can't even fit through the front door.

KINGPEN266 - 6/28/2014, 7:26 AM
Football ball duck
MercwithMouth - 6/28/2014, 7:34 AM
Wait...he's making the movie that he wants to make?

I thought that wasn't allowed at Marvel Studios? I thought they just had to tow the line? That their vision was for shit? Where are the crying Wright fans to bitch about Feige not giving Wright that same freedom? Oh, wait, he wasted 8 years on Ant-Man and still could get things done by deadlines...poor guy...

I can't [frick]ing wait for this flick! Everything looks perfect, sounds perfect, and hits right where it should.
Pasto - 6/28/2014, 7:46 AM
Smells like there's a little bitch in my gym...
Rulk - 6/28/2014, 7:58 AM
No Pasto... that's just you. ;)
DrKinsolving - 6/28/2014, 7:59 AM
Can't wait, really looking forward to this, loving the trailers and the soundtrack is [frick]ing awesome
Bekss - 6/28/2014, 8:02 AM

He kind of say he was under contract for more than 1 movie on Twitter, but he was a bit confusing
KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:07 AM
awesome,it was kind of feeling like a james gunn film to me from the trailers, the way the world is is exactly how he described it, the colors and vibrancy of 50s and 60s pulp scifi mixed with a contemporary gritty world,it looks just the way he described it imo, it makes me wonder, how much more creative control did wright want, they gave him enough, they let him work on it for 8 phucking years, they let him make scott lang the main character and hank pym an old man,so what else did he want?

it kinda pisses me off when people say " he wanted to be creative and marvel didnt", if u dont know, they are making a movie with a phucking talking raccoon and also that he wanted to make an edgar wright film and marvel wouldnt,okay, there is a lot of Favreau in Iron Man, sure he was rushed on iron man 2 because the first one was a success and because ant man was suppose to be in its place instead , thor has branagh in it in terms of the Shakesperean family drama, Cap 1 has joe johnston in it in terms of it being a stylized WW2 piece akin to the Rocketeer, Avengers has TONS of Whedon in it in terms of character interactions and dialogues,IM3 is a THROUGH and THROUGH Shane Black Film, Alan taylor was brought in to make the world feel more lived in and real and also if he had anymore arguments with marvel, why didnt he confirm it?, he said he had one argument with marvel over the choice of composer ,so why not discuss the arguments if they happened?,Captain America 2 is exactly what the Russos wanted to do, make it a 70s political thriller and guardians seems exactly what Gunn wanted to do and hopefully its great, Filmmaking is collaborative, no one entity can have too much power whether it be a filmmaker or a studio, they need to work together.

Edgar Wright is known to be very controlling on every aspect of production, knowing exactly what he wants and thats something u cannot do on a big budget blockbuster film ,i trust what Gunn and Favreau have had to say about in it since they are more on the inside because they are just too many differeing reports out there for me to believe any...also i dont believe that whole edgar wright hasnt had a successful film, well joss whedon before avengers didnt either and james gunn also hasnt had a successful film( hopefully guardians is good and successful) so thats dumb imo..also this is funny..James Gunn does not like Michael Bay

Collider: For the rest of the summer, and for pretty much the last year, I have been more interested in what Guardians of the Galaxy is going to look, sound and feel like than almost anything else.

JAMES GUNN: Almost anything else? What’s the exception? Don’t tell me Transformers 4?


GUNN: Don’t tell me Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:10 AM
anyway ,i do love edgar wright and i wish him the best,im sad he isnt doing it but things like this hapen in hollywood all the time, hopefully ant man is still a good movie, fingers crossed
KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:15 AM
also even james gunn has admitted, he has had arguments with marvel too but that happenes during almost any production
KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:19 AM
also if Gone with the wind was being made today, the media would be ripping it apart cause they couldnt keep director, they didnt even have their scarlet during shooting so it just doesnt happen on Marvel films
DrKinsolving - 6/28/2014, 8:23 AM
I'm hoping Ant-Man is good and I really wanted to see Wright's version but I give a lot of credit to Marvel.

They hire a lot of Hungry directors that are passionate about the material which is awesome.

I'm really feeling the MCU right now too because they feel like comics. I'm not a fan of Iron Man 3, but I've also read Iron Man comics that I didn't like.... and even though I'm not a fan of IM3, I still can't wait to see Iron Man in the Avengers: AOU, and I think that's awesome, I can't say that about any other franchise. There is always something to look forward to with Marvel.
rockerdude22 - 6/28/2014, 8:25 AM
Well, well, well. Gunn got to make the movie he wanted to make. Maybe Marvel really isn't the evil corporation that treats it's directors badly like some on here try to make them out to be.

Nah, they'll still find any excuse to claim that lol
KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:28 AM
DrKinsolving-excellent way of putting, iron man 3 is a mixed film but shane black made the film he wanted to make and it just didnt sit well with some people and thats fine ,aslong as they have good reasons for it
KurtWagner1225 - 6/28/2014, 8:28 AM
rockerdude-they will say he is just saying that because he is being payed by them or something
l0rdleg0las - 6/28/2014, 8:40 AM
I am really tired of the Wright talk. Obviously Marvel allows it's directors to make the movie in their vision, but want the movies to fit in their universe. Whedon and Gunn are both very quirky types and neither has had an issue with Marvel. Wright just took too damn long and didn't want to make any changes for his movie to fit with the rest of the MCU
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