When Marvel announced their slate of upcoming films at Comic-Con this summer, fans were incredibly excited about the line-up for Phase Two. That said, the prospect of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was a tad questionable. The feature film adaptation is ambitious for a number of reasons, but the fact that it takes place in outer space and features a team of wildly different heroes that includes a sentient tree and a talking raccoon provides an incredibly difficult challenge for whatever filmmaker takes it on. Luckily, Marvel chose Super and Slither writer/director James Gunn to helm the adaptation.
Gunn is an inspired choice to bring Guardians of the Galaxy to life, and recently The Avengers director and Marvel “godfather” Joss Whedon talked a bit about his own trepidation with the property and subsequent relief when hearing that Gunn was signing on. Hit the jump to see what Whedon had to say about Gunn’s take on the material.
As everyone well knows, Whedon recently signed a deal with Marvel to not only write and direct The Avengers 2 but to also creatively consult on the studio’s other films in the pipeline. The director talked with MTV about his initial reaction to Marvel’s plans for a Guardians of the Galaxy film and how he felt about the hiring of Gunn:
“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.”
Whedon added that Gunn has “barely started” on the script, but he already has a solid take on the material that’s sure to impress:
“He 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. 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!”
To all those worried about Marvel venturing into self-parody territory with Guardians of the Galaxy, I think it’s safe to say the property is in great hands with Gunn. As development progresses, hopefully we hear more about the project soon. Gunn and Marvel are surely thinking about casting at this stage, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of cast they put together to make up the team. Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1st, 2014.
Watch MTV’s interview with Whedon below.