Setting the tone “I love Blade Runner, but since then, space has either been very dark, or very green and I wanted to return the colour that used to exist in science fiction. People think it was all green screens, but we actually had some of the biggest sets ever. Our prison set was made […]
Setting the tone
“I love Blade Runner, but since then, space has either been very dark, or very green and I wanted to return the colour that used to exist in science fiction. People think it was all green screens, but we actually had some of the biggest sets ever. Our prison set was made of 350,000lb of steel.”
Live-action meeting CGI
“A couple of the actors have dated in the past, but I don’t think Chris Pratt [who plays Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill] and Bradley Cooper [who voiced Rocket Racoon] have ever met each other. My brother Sean played Rocket on set with Zoe [Saldana, who plays Gamora], Chris and Dave [Bautista who plays Drax], then Bradley came in and took what Sean began and finished it off in a recording booth.”
Peter Quill being Han Solo-meets-Indiana Jones
“As much as I like Harrison Ford, Chris Pratt is able to do more than him. Honestly. He’s a true modern American hero. He lost 80lb of fat and gained 20lb of muscle for this movie, I didn’t even want to audition him at first. But he was so good I thought, ‘If we have the first chubby superhero, then fine.’ He wouldn’t have been the first actor in Hollywood to have a CGI six-pack.”
“The fights are really important. Zoe is a ballet dancer, so that type of movement is natural for her, but Karen [Gillan, who plays Nebula] isn’t the most athletic person in the world [laughs]. It wasn’t just the fights between people – the space battles were choreographed, and were a lot more complicated.”
What makes Guardians so different
“There’s never been a movie like it. It’s fun and funny, and surprisingly dramatic – an antidote to overinflated blockbusters. And if you don’t believe a movie with a talking racoon can be dramatic, you need to see it.” [Source]
“If you want to stop seeing films remade, stop watching them,” the Marvel filmmaker says
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is all about the kinds of films that others dread — remakes.
After posting support on Facebook for writers Mark and Brian Gunn (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) drafting a screenplay for Universal’s remake of 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie “Timecop,” the filmmaker provided a counter argument for those cinephiles adamantly against reviving an old idea for a new audience.
“Remakes are not ‘Hollywood running out of ideas’ – they’ve been around in film since the silent era, and on stage long before that,” Gunn wrote.
The director went on to say: “Also, Hollywood isn’t pushing remakes on audiences — audiences go see them, so the studios keep them coming. So if you want to stop seeing films remade, stop watching them. For me, all I care is that the movie works well, that it has heart, good characters, and a story that pulls me in, remake or not.”
To make his point, he listed some of the most beloved remakes of all time, including “The Fly,” “Casino Royale,” “The Departed” and “The Wizard of Oz” (“yes, the famous one,” Gunn added), all of which he considers “as good as or better than the original.”
Gunn, who started his career by writing for Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman — the independent filmmaker who created B-movie classic “The Toxic Avenger” — wrote the screenplay for Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead.”
“A remake doesn’t need to be better than the original to be worth watching or making. Scorsese’s ‘Cape Fear’ works as a counterpart to the original film and they’re fun to watch back-to-back,” Gunn wrote. “I always hoped that my own ‘Dawn of the Dead’ was so different from the original — only the premise from that film really remains — that it would be full of surprises for people who know Romero’s film well.”
Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which will be Hollywood’s first attempt to bring the Marvel comic book characters to the big screen, opens in theaters on Aug. 1. [SOURCE]
While answering some fan questions on his Facebook page, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn clarified a bit about the origin of Star-Lord, Peter Quill.
A fan asked if Star-Lord’s origin would be more based on the classic version of the character or the version seen in the Marvel NOW! Guardians of the Galaxy series. According to Gunn, it’s neither, saying:
“Marvel Now version wasn’t written until after my version was written. His origin is an MCU thing.”
MCU stands for Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it sounds like the MCU version of Star-Lord will have a unique origin. Judging by the synopsis currently on the Guardians of the Galaxy IMDB page, it sounds like Peter Quill is a pilot who somehow found himself dragged into outer space during the 1980s.
In the current continuity, Peter Quill is the son of J’Son Spartax, Emperor of the Spartax Empire, who crash landed on Earth years ago.
In Guardians of the Galaxy¸ 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.
Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1. [SOURCE]
On Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, the director says “he was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky.” Gunn continued, “Thanos slaughtered [Gamora's] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bio engineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.” [Source]
Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)
It’s about time daringly deranged director James Gunn (“Super,” “Movie 43”) got a superhero-size project to call his own. This offbeat Marvel adaptation — in which Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper protect the universe — sounds perfect. It features a surly, heroic raccoon. How could it go wrong? [Source]