James Gunn gives an update on his plans for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
James Gunn has given an update on his plans for the sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy and has promised that the leading characters "are going to continuously change".
The film was a huge hit at the box office, taking just under $800 million dollars in receipts, and has just been released on DVD. A sequel is due to be released in May 2017.
Speaking to Comic Book Resources about his plan for the Guardians' second outing, Gunn said: "When you go forward with a group of characters, that means you have to go forward. And going forward means you're understanding these characters in a new way, you're developing a new kind of story about their lives and who they are and where they're going. And if you're doing that, if you're walking forward, then you can't just repeat what you did before. That's going backwards. That's not understanding the character."
Gunn went on to say that he wanted to avoid the trappings of endless repitition, citing James Bond's many cinematic outings as the kind of thing he admired, but wanted to avoid.
He said: "I mean, no knock against James Bond, I love James Bond movies, and the Sam Mendes one [Skyfall] is slightly outside of this, and Casino Royale is slightly outside of this, but basically, James Bond is a James Bond movie over and over and over again. The character never learns anything, and the character never does anything new."
He continued: "And that's not a knock. It's a really fun series. But that's not what the Guardians are. The Guardians are going to continuously change. I think that some of the characters are probably worse than what we think they are, and other characters are better than what we think they are. It's going to be interesting to learn a little bit about that as time goes on."
Finally asked how far along he was with preparations for the film, Gunn said: "The whole story is written. I'm very excited about it. And that's where it is. But the story point for me is, in a lot of ways, the most difficult thing. I feel like it's pretty strong. It's constantly shifting, but I feel like it's pretty strong. I'm excited about it."