Without a doubt, one of the most ambitious projects that Marvel Studios currently has in the works is the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Set to be directed by James Gunn, the film follows the exploits of an intergalactic team of superheroes that include the other-worldly Marvel characters Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and the fan-favorite, Rocket Raccoon.
According to an official logline for the film that was released several weeks ago, the film will follow a “U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Fans of the comics are already confident that the inclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy on film can only help to open up the Marvel Cinematic Universe for new other-worldly characters and exciting intergalactic conflicts.
Now, fans are getting their second big window of insight into Gunn’s upcoming space-romp, courtesy of The Avengers director Joss Whedon, who spoke to MTV about James Gunn’s “twisted take” on the interstellar characters and what we can hope to see on the big screen.
“James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’ He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon. This is the guy who wrote ‘The Specials.’ People don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane. And [he directed] ‘Super.’ Gunn has barely started, but already has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up,” said Whedon. “I know he’s going to come from left field and I’m going to go, ‘What?’ And then, ‘Of course, why didn’t I think of that?’ And then I’m going to beat him!”
Guardians of the Galaxy is currently being re-written by Chris McCoy, working from a script by Nicole Perlman and while no cast announcements have been made, the film is expected to be released on August 1, 2014.
via [MTV News]