A few months ago Writer and Director of Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn said he had wrote volume 1 and 2 but had not signed up or knew if he would return for the third instalment. It was a surprise announcement for fans as everyone just assumed he would return for third movie.
Worry not, James Gunn has announced on Facebook that he will be returning to finish what he started with Guardians.
So, after many months of ruminations and discussions, I know the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket but instead I thought I’d share it with the most important people in the Guardiansverse – you, the fans, who have been so incredibly supportive and enthusiastic over the past five years, it has moved me to tears on a regular basis.
So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit. And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.
Awesome news to fans world wide, not only of Guardians of the Galaxy but to movies in general. He’s put so much work into the franchise and being a writer and director he knows the characters inside and out.
In the past many writers and directors have started working on comic book movies but found it difficult to maintain a high level of quality due to tight deadlines. One example would be Iron Man, the first movie was almost flawless but as the second went into development Director Jon Favreau said he wanted more time to work on the movie and had to step down on the third movie just due to the short production time. Another example would be Edgar Wright who was attached to direct Ant Man for years but had to step down weeks before starting to film to be replaced with Peyton Reed due to problems with the script.
Guardians of the Galaxy is different, with Gunn writing the script he can make changes and really understand the characters more than any other director could. This means the deadlines can be tighter between movies. The closest comic book movie franchise we’ve seen with such smooth production would be Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy but even that had a choppy third act. Another almost perfect trilogy would have to be Captain America, they made three excellent movies but with Hugo Weaving not wanting to return as the Red Skull it left a bit of a hole in the series as he never got to defeat his arch nemesis.
It’s not just the Marvel Studios movies that are affected, Sam Raimi directed all three of the original Spider-man movies and has even said he wished he had more time to work on the third one, they had to rush the story and a poor incarnation of Venom ruined the series, they were even close to signing for a another three movies.
Maybe the first big example of the doomed trilogy could be the original Superman movies. Richard Donner did an amazing job on the first one and his parts of the second but was for some reason replaced which meant fans didn’t get the complete story.
So we have had a few almost perfect trilogies but there has always been one thing which has stopped the flow of the story. With James Gunn writing and directing each of these movies they could really make up the first perfect comic book movietrilogy. Who know’s maybe he will even return for a fourth instalment.
It’s also letting Marvel Studios know what works, if they can recruit more film makers to both writer and direct their movies it could solve the problem of keeping the high quality between short production times.
Posted by Adi Mursec on April 18, 2017
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