James Gunn Confirmed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel

GotG

In today's penny-pinching Hollywood, few things are ever left to chance, and Marvel leaves fewer than most. It should surprise no one, then, that even though Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't even arrived in theaters yet, the studio's already making plans for a sequel -- and given the impressively robust early critical reaction to the movie, it also comes as no surprise that they're bringing back pretty much every member of the original team.

That's no surprise as far as the cast is concerned, of course; you don't make a blockbuster these days without pre-signing your stars to future follow-ups. But writers and directors are another matter, and even if Guardians is a huge hit, it wouldn't necessarily have come as a surprise if Marvel had opted to find a new screenwriter and/or director to take the place of the first installment's mastermind, James Gunn. But if you see Guardians of the Galaxy and love it, take heart -- Gunn will be back for the sequel.

Co-writer Nicole Perlman broke the news to the Wrap during the opening hours of Comic-Con, confirming that a sequel is in the works with Gunn attached. As far as her own involvement, she's decidedly less certain, but if Gunn wants her back, it seems likely that he'll be able to bring her on board.

The Wrap's report cites analyst targets of $60 million for Guardians' August 1 opening weekend, but if the deafening critical buzz continues, that could easily grow; this has been an extraordinarily soft few weeks for new films, and audiences are hungry to line up for something new and great.

Jeff Giles's Latest Blog Entries:

Marvel clearly isn't in any rush to make a Black Widow movie, and although Scarlett Johansson is presumably on the hook for appearances in any number of the...
It's going to be quite awhile before we really get an honest look at the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel -- that April 2017 release date seems awfully distant on...
We all chortled when Warner Bros. decided it was going to go ahead and make a movie "based on" Lego bricks, but that turned out pretty okay for everyone, so we...
We knew Warner Bros. execs had big things in store for fans of its DC properties, as well as visions of a new franchise for its Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic...
When Robert Downey, Jr. sent film sites around the world into a frenzy last week by intimating -- and then backpedaling very quickly -- the idea that he might...

Guardians of the Galaxy Photo Gallery

More Guardians of the Galaxy News

Comments

About Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles's picture

Jeff is an entertainment writer and editor whose work currently appears at a variety of sites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Paste, American Songwriter, Popdose, Dadnabbit, Diffuser, and Ultimate Classic Rock.

RSS Feed   Subscribe to RSS Feed