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Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn Shoots Down 2 Rumors In A 48-Hour Period

Updated on April 19, 2015
"Guardians of the Galaxy" actor Chris Pratt and director James Gunn in the photo that spawned DC-related rumors.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" actor Chris Pratt and director James Gunn in the photo that spawned DC-related rumors. | Source

James Gunn Interview

Chris Pratt Interview

Guardian of the Galaxy Director To Direct A DC Movie?

Normally, when James Gunn, the director of the nearly $1 billion hit Guardians of the Galaxy, is in bed with his star Chris Pratt – they spoon.

Gunn’s tongue-in-cheek admission was what he told a photographer for “The Hollywood Reporter." The photographer was posing Gunn and Star-Lord himself on a bed surrounded by both Marvel and DC comics.

It was this picture that sparked a world-wide internet speculation that the Marvel comic-to movie director was hinting that he was to direct a DC comic property called Firestorm.

“When we got to the room we were asked to lie on a bed filled with comic books and pizza boxes,” Gunn said to his Facebook followers. “I told the crew that normally Chris and I spooned when we were on a bed in a hotel room - were they looking for something natural, or a little more posed?”

The Marvel-loyal Gunn cleared all the DC comics from the bed, but apparently missed the DC “Firestorm” issue.

“Although I am historically a lover of both, I decided to push the DC comics out of the shot and pull as many Guardians of the Galaxy into the shot that I could,” he said.

Gunn said that it was an accident and not his sneaky way of telegraphing his intent to direct Firestorm.

The only comic-book adaption that he plans to direct in the coming year is the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gunn has already turned in a treatment, written 70 draft pages of a script and plans to release the follow-up May 5th, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy is among one of Marvel’s lesser known comics. Nevertheless, Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Company, approved the project.

Guardians of the Galaxy went on to earn more than $800 million worldwide. DVD and Blu-ray sales generated more than $110 million in the United States alone.

Millions more was generated through film-related merchandise.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Gunn shot down another rumor - this time regarding an '80s science fiction movie classic.

Back to the Future 4 Bogus Tweet

This is bogus Tweet that started the "Back to the Future 4" rumor.
This is bogus Tweet that started the "Back to the Future 4" rumor. | Source

James Gunn Addresses The Back to the Future 4 Rumor

Forty-right hours earlier, James Gunn set the record straight regarding rumors that he would director Back to the Future 4.

Flickhart.com The Blog reported on April 1 that Gun would resurrect the adventures of Marty McFly in Back to the Future 4 - this time starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Pine as the grown children of Professor Emmett Brown, originally played by Christopher Lloyd.

The Back to the Future 4 report was so convincing that it quoted Universal Studio heads announcing production start on Twitter.

However, Gunn pointed out an obvious clue to the report's veracity via his Facebook page.

“Over the last few days I’ve been getting a lot of questions about directing Back to the Future 4, Gunn writes. “Which I am not doing and no one has ever approached me about it.

“If you note the date,” Gunn pointed out, “It’s April 1st, 2015. April Fool’s Day. Sorry.”


From Humble Starts - To Top Of The Charts

Both director James Gunn and actor Chris Pratt have come together to not just entertain the masses, but also catapult each other's careers.

Of course, Chris Pratt first gained popularity as the dumpy Andy Dwyer in the TV series Parks and Recreation. Pratt lost weight and buffed up for the role of Star-Lord in the hit motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pratt has since upped his game by headlining in Jurassic World - a potential to spawn a re-birth of the Jurassic Park film franchise. he also has been rumored to be considered for the role of Indiana Jones should that film franchise be re-booted.

Gunn's film career started with script credit for Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2 and the remake of Dawn of the Dead.

His first directorship was for Slithers, a motion picture that did not generate revenue to cover it's production and marketing costs. Yet, movie critics raved about Slithers and gave it great reviews.


Big Hero 6 Meet & Greet At Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hiro and Baymax at a Disney Hollywood Studio's meet-and-greet; characters drawn from a little known, and long forgotton Marvel comic that has struck gold.
Hiro and Baymax at a Disney Hollywood Studio's meet-and-greet; characters drawn from a little known, and long forgotton Marvel comic that has struck gold. | Source

Disney Gambles On The Little Guys

Bob Iger, the head of The Walt Disney Company - and the mastermind that purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in August 2009 - once told his production heads to consider Marvel properties for film projects.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a minor Marvel comic that swept through the planet to earn nearly $1 billion in box office revenue, DVD sales and merchandising.

Soon after that success, Walt Disney Animation - the Disney branch that has earned Academy Awards for Bolt, Tangled, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph, - decided to adapt another little known and long-forgotten Marvel comic - Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six, this little known and often forgotten Marvel property earned the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, earned nearly $800 million internationally in movie tickets alone.

Just goes to show you - don't ignore the little guys.


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