While we all known Bradley Cooper ended up getting the part, Gunn let it be known they actually considered using Danny DeVito, but decided against it because of DeVito’s age.
“In all honesty, Danny DeVito is one of the voices we tried out, but Danny DeVito is an older man now and Rocket is not an older man, he’s a younger man,” Gunn explained. “Danny DeVito’s voice just wouldn’t work.”
One year ago today saw the Guardians of the Galaxy take theaters by storm by introducing movie goers to a new team of Marvel Cosmic super heroes.
Led by James Gunn, Chris Pratt was introduced as Star-Lord, with Zoe Saldana as Gamora, WWE Superstar Dave Bautista played Drax, Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan shaved her head for the nefarious Nebula, Lee Pace was the featured villain as Ronan, and Bradley Cooper voiced Rocket Raccoon with Vin Diesel voicing “I am” Groot.
The movie netted close to $40 million on its opening day and went on to break the August box office record with an opening of almost $100 million. Guardians of the Galaxy finished with a whopping $774 million worldwide giving it the fourth best performance for a Marvel Studios movie, only trailing The Avengers films and Iron Man 3.
James Gunn and Chris Pratt took to their social networks to remember the day.
James Gunn on Facebook:
One year ago today, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up in the U.S. and many places around the world. The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your hearts. What meant more to me is that “We are Groot” became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more to me is that you laughed at the dumb stuff I thought you’d miss, like “Cap’n’s gotta teach stuff” and “I was thinking of something else.” What meant more to me is that in our tenth week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history – not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it. What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.
It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don’t think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I’ve ever had well worth it.
I get a lot of messages from people saying, “You made me believe in movies again.” Well, you guys made me believe that what I spent my life doing was worth doing. And you strengthened my belief that nothing’s worth doing, if it’s not done honestly, and it’s not done with love.
On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you.
Perlman is on board writing the Captain Marvel movie in which she says it’s currently in the brainstorming stage.
Regarding Guardians of the Galaxy, Perlman recounts how she got involved with writing the first version of the script. Perlman was a part of a Marvel writing program back in 2009 in which Marvel told the writers to develop lesser known properties.
A new Gamora comic book series is also in the works from Perlman which is set prior to Gamora joining the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
Here are some highlights:
They gave us a list of lesser known properties and said ‘choose one of these and you will be developing it for a couple of years by yourself.’ So we said ‘okay’ and everybody chose one. The one I chose was Guardians, which I got a lot of funny looks about because it was the least well known property on the list.
I was originally drawn to the first group of Guardians. I thought there’s something really cool about Vance Astro and the whole idea about being temporally dislocated, but I loved the 2008 Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning reboot of the series. It just had so much color and sarcasm, and that was something that the producers were excited about as well.
I tried a lot of different versions of which Guardians to include in the story, but the ones that ended up in the movie are the ones that we decided fulfilled all the best parts of that team. We’re encapsulated by those guys.
Rocket Raccoon was a late addition. I’m really glad we put him in. He was very much on the fence for a while. I loved him, and Kevin loved him. There was some back and forth, and he made it in. Thank goodness.
With Quill we changed his backstory fairly significantly because we didn’t want him to start out too noble at the beginning and be doing this for noble reasons. We wanted him to be a bit of a scoundrel.
James Gunn recently spoke about the title on on Facebook offering reasons as to why they went with “Vol. 2” as the official title.
Yes, the official title of the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Kevin Feige recently let the title slip while doing Ant-Man press, which I’m really happy about because God knows I’ve let more than one thing slip accidentally while chattering away on this FB page.
Also, hats off to some intrepid fans who figured out the title a couple of days after I posted the cover page. More than one person guessed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – I wanted so badly to give you props at the time, but knew I had to wait.
For Kevin to mess up. Haha.
Yeah, I came up with a LOT of titles for Vol. 2. But because “Guardians of the Galaxy” is already so wordy, it seemed strange to add another bunch of words after it. I liked Vol. 2 the best, so that’s what I stuck on the cover of the screenplay – and, fortunately, the guys liked it.
Gunn also offered on Facebook that he isn’t sure if Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be at the D23 Expo in August, and that Marvel hasn’t placed any storyline obligations on him for the movie.
While answering questions in regards to more of Nebula/Thanos, and the possibility of any of the Vell (i.e Mar-Vell) family being a part of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gunn responded with:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.
Gunn posted the following about Ant-Man on Facebook.
Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man(well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact – Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael Peña KILLS IT – this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials (film) many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome. I think all of Peyton Reed’s years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job. And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay – it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.
This is a photo of me and David Dastmalchian at the premiere after-party last night – David plays a Russian hacker in the movie and nearly every single line out of his mouth gets a laugh. He’s getting on a plane this morning to fly back to Colombia to resume filming his other movie – my movie, The Belko Experiment.
Congrats to the the whole Ant-Man team. Amazing work, guys! And, for the 99.99% of the people reading this who aren’t part of the Ant-Man team, go check it out when it hits theaters (in a lot of places) July 17.
Have a great Tuesday.
Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m…
In a Q&A interview with Yahoo, Matthew Vaughn lets it be known he is working on a prequel movie for Kick-Ass along with creator Mark Millar.
Here is the blurb:
“I’m not happily done with the franchise. Kick-Ass is a really important film to me. I’m really proud of it, and we would like to dip our toe back into it. We are working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. It’s quite a fun idea we’ve come up with. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass.
Vaughn also lets it be known he was interested in doing a comedic space movie at one time, but Guardians of the Galaxy beat him to it.
“Never say never… The answer is maybe sci-fi…”
You can check out more from Vaughn in the video above.
Watch a new spot for Ant-Man which also features promos of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
“I think that he had gotten a lot of success over the past few years being the funny sidekick,” says Gunn, “which means that he always has to juggle to entertain everybody. And the truth is, Chris didn’t trust himself to just be Chris Pratt—and how desirable that is to an audience.”
“I thought I was bad,” Pratt concurs. “I thought I was doing bad acting. I would just think: My bullshit meter’s going off. This screams inauthentic to me.” Pratt says that Gunn had little patience with this. “He’s like, ‘Who gives a shit what you think? I don’t fucking care!’ “
He’d literally say that?
“Yes! He’d be, ‘It’s not your fucking movie, dude, it’s mine! Trust me and shut the fuck up and do what the fuck I tell you, and scream it!’ He’s like, ‘More! Louder!’ I would get pissy because as an actor, you sometimes hate that direction: Louder, faster. But it’s true—sometimes you have to be louder, speak more clearly, let the words do the work, and just get out of the way.”
Now Gunn has taken to his Facebook page to offer the following:
Nice GQ article on Chris, in which I’m heavily quoted and there is a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 talk. Although I’m often very honest in articles about myself, I’m usually much more careful when I am interviewed about others. You never know what someone else is sensitive about. This was probably the most honest I’ve been in an interview about an actor, and both Chris and I talk about how he would initially tend to get in the way with his thoughts on set (and also the accompanying self-judgments). I’d yell at him and tell him I didn’t give a shit what he thinks. It seems kind of mean and funny in the interview, but I think it’s an important thing for all artists to remember: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK. What matters is the work and the act of creation. It is our job to DO, not to judge. Constant assessment of what we are doing, especially while we are doing it, creates a stilted and needy piece of artwork, when the world needs boldness. If you’re a true artist, the world needs YOU, not what you think you should be.
My job with Chris on set was to help get him out of his head. Chris was able to transform his way of acting throughout the making of Guardians and I’m really proud of what he’s done (and, like him, I get teary when I think of what we’ve got coming in GotG2.)
Some details on Chris Pratt’s Marvel contract come to light hinting Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy may be appearing in The Avengers: Infinity War movies, which shouldn’t be a surprise with cosmic bad guy Thanos being the villain.
Pratt recently spoke to GQ where he let it be known his Marvel contract extends through five movies.
“..I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple…”
Fans of the comics as well as the movie know Star-Lord isn’t entirely human, which is why he looks to have survived using the Power Gem at the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
James Gunn has already stated Star-Lord’s father will not be the same as in the comics, but hasn’t revealed just who it may be.
Now Michael Rooker potentially gives a big clue as Rooker is asked the question while appearing on KQRS Radio out of Minnesota.
Worth a mention is that Rooker states he does know the identity of Star-Lord’s father, and that if we read the comics, we do know as well.
“I know who the daddy is. I can’t say. If you actually dug those comics out of your closet and read them, then you will know who the daddy is.”
Rooker seems to imply the comics are old (as you keep old comics in your closet), which of course would be older Guardians of the Galaxy issues and appearances.
The team has been around since the 1960s, so it’s probably save to assume it’s an older Guardians of the Galaxy character, which many Marvel Cosmic fans think to be Starhawk.
Another possibility for Star-Lord’s father is Adam Warlock, which interestingly enough shares a similar origin with Starhawk in that they are both artificial beings (or at least partly). Actually, Starhawk’s mom is the female equivalent of Adam Warlock known as Kismet.
I’m curious what Gunn is going to do if he uses Adam Warlock, as the Vision was introduced with the gem in the forehead for Avengers 2 and is an artificial being as well.
And if Starhawk is used, will he be from the future? Or will Gunn be writing something totally different just using the “Starhawk” name?
It seems just about everyone missed this one as Kevin Feige has let it be known he included the same Star Wars Easter Egg in each of the Marvel Phase 2 movies.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Feige said he is a big Star Wars fan and offered:
So is this a spoiler for Ant-Man… not really. I’m obsessed with Star Wars. Who’s not? I’m 40 years old. I’m in the movie business. I went to USC. So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.
Regarding the Easter Eggs:
Iron Man 3 featured Guy Pearce’s character, Aldrich Killian, getting his arm cut off by Tony Stark when he heats up Iron Man’s suit and the end of the movie.
Thor 2 features Thor getting his arm “cut off” by Loki.
Captain America 2 features a flashback where Bucky had his own arm cut off when he fell from the train in Captain America: The First Avenger.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy also had a similar Star Wars Easter Egg with Gamora cutting Groot’s arm off (this might be the enigmatic Easter Egg Gunn keeps referring to that he says everyone missed).
Those are the Star Wars Easter Eggs known to date as The Avengers 2 is yet to be released – so be on the look out for someone getting their arm cut off just like Luke Skywalker from Empire Strikes Back.
Marvel has officially announced Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve on the Captain Marvel movie (Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers to Cosmic fans).
Marvel.com officially made the announcement that: Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve will together write Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” in theaters November 2, 2018, bringing Carol Danvers to the big screen in her first solo cinematic adventure.
Fans will recognize Perlman as the co-writer of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” last year’s smash hit introducing audiences to Star-Lord and his crew, while LeFauve most recently co-wrote Disney Pixar’s next original film “Inside Out,” which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May before heading to theaters June 19.
Perlman is also due to write a Gamora comic book for Marvel comics.
While Gunn has said there are no plans for a Howard The Duck movie, George Lucas recently stated he thinks Marvel will remake it.
“Even Howard the Duck is a cult classic,” Lucas said at the Borough of Manhattan Community College theater for the Tribeca Film Festival, reports THR. “I have a feeling that Marvel’s gonna redo it because of the technology they have today.”
Lucas had reservations back in ’86 about Howard The Duck being any success as “you can’t put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work!” However, now Lucas has changed his tune.
“It’s a digital duck. When you have a digital duck, you can do anything. You can make it act,” Lucas said of Gunn’s version.
Marvel Comics also recently launched a Howard The Duck comic book.
Long story short: Dan Abnett’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Comics comic book was the inspiration for the near billion dollar movie of the same name. Abnett was fired off the book by Marvel Comics executives (for some reason), and now, years later, is writing a new Guardians book, Guardians 3000.
The info comes from the website Production Weekly, which looks to provide lists of titles for movies that are currently in production.
The Guardians 3000 comic book features the original Guardians of the Galaxy from the future. Could Gunn being going with some of those characters? Gunn recently stated GOTG 2 is about fathers, and some fans are speculating Star-Lord’s father is Starkhawk, a member of the Guardians from the future.
In addition, Gunn let it be known that Marvel Studios felt his approach for the sequel was risky. If Gunn was just doing more of the same from the first movie, Marvel definitely wouldn’t think it was a risky approach. So we can obviously guess, Gunn is coming at Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in a different way. We get further proof of that in an interview with Gunn from the Avengers 2 Red Carpet premiere where he stopped short of stating Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was more serious, but instead chose to use the wording “deeper” in relation to character development.
It’s possible Gunn could address the rumor head on, as the director is pretty vocal on his social networks.
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:20095:]]Pictured: Guardians of the Galaxy comic book writers Andy Lanning (left), Dan Abnett (right) with director James Gunn at a Guardians of the Galaxy movie set visit.
Vulture caught up with Gunn who teased the sequel will be more about Star-Lord and his father. Star-Lord’s father was absent from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but is said to be an alien (though apparently SL’s father will be different than the comics).
“There’s a lot of stuff I’m excited about in the new movie,” Gunn offered. “Listen, I’m still excited about Star-Lord’s character and where he goes. At its heart, Guardians is a story about families, and if the first film was about him and his mother, this is a story about fathers. So it’s exciting to go there.”
As Gunn notes “fathers,” perhaps he is also talking about the “fathers” of the other characters as well. Maybe we’ll learn more about the Gamora, Nebula and Thanos relationship or even about Drax’s origins. It’s even possible we could learn more about where Groot came from.
With the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie being such a success, Disney quickly announced a sequel, so it should be no surprise that Gunn mentions the possibility of a third film.
“I knew for a long time what the story of the second one was gonna be,” Gunn said, before teasing, “And the third one!”
Update: Gunn offers more in the following video with: “I think it’s about getting to know the characters a little bit more… and also get a little bit more – I don’t want to say serious – but go a little bit deeper with who the characters are.”
Gunn also says we’ll get to know more from Gamora, Nebula and Yondu “in a way we got to know some of the characters in the first movie.”
Update #2: Gunn offered the follwing on Facebook:
I did five short interviews on the red carpet at the Age of Ultron premiere, and it’s all been distilled to three topics: 1) Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is about Fatherhood, 2) We’ll get to know Gamora, Nebula, and Yondu more in the sequel, and 3) I think the mix for Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is better than Awesome mix Vol. 1. There. I just saved you ten thousand articles.
PS All of this is subject to change. Although I have a very intense and specific 70 page treatment (or scriptment as it’s often called, because it contains dialogue), I am just now diving into the actual script. If inspiration strikes I can, and often do, diverge wildly from my original plan. In a couple weeks, Guardians 2 could center around the love triangle of Awesome Android, Paste Pot Pete, and Taserface, backed by an all-Spice-Girls soundtrack.
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.
It’s learned that Kevin Feige and Marvel are eyeing the writing duo of Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve to write the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel (Ms. Marvel to Cosmic fans) movie.
THR reports that Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige was impressed with their separate takes on Captain Marvel and has thought it best to combine the two for “sensational results.”
It’s said that Perlman and LeFauve are currently in talks, and that no director is presently involved.
Nicole Perlman wrote the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and recognized the potential for the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning comic from early on. Perlman was part of the Marvel Writers Program back in 2009 where she chose Guardians of the Galaxy to adapt. It’s been said that Perlman’s Guardians of the Galaxy was closer to the comic book version and a more serious take on the story and characters than the James Gunn version. Perlman is also set to write a Gamora series for Marvel, which is more serious take on the character than the current Marvel Comics parody versions of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Meg LeFauve co-wrote Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out and also has producer credits with The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys.
At one time it was reported the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was actually going to be animated.
While that obviously didn’t turn out to be true, it has now become known an animated project to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in development (note: the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is not connected to the movie).
Newsarama reports during the final day of the Emerald City Comic Con at the “Marvel Animation Presents” panel, Marvel’s VP of Animation Development and Production Cort Lane confirmed an animated project is in the works.
Next, a fan asks about whether the animation team will produce something that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I can’t announce anything, but things are in the works,” said Lane, calling out the upcoming Netflix series as a proof of concept for things that tie-in to the larger world.
Nothing else was said about the project, but it will be interesting to see what they do with an animated version of the MCU. Will the animated series/movies use existing characters? Or introduce new characters similar to the above mentioned Netflix series? Perhaps a mix of both?