James Gunn on the essence of Guardians of the Galaxy: 'It's about giving a sh*t’

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Jan 17, 2014, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

One of Marvel’s riskiest movies yet is coming later this year in Guardians of the Galaxy, and director James Gunn has opened up about what exactly drives his ragtag team of space heroes. 

Gunn chatted with the print edition of Total Film about his deep space sci-fi epic, and said that despite all the action and snark we can surely expect (this is James Gunn we’re talking about), this is mostly a story about finding a family. But more than family — it’s about people actually “giving a sh-t” about the world around them.

It’s an intriguing take on a story about a giant man-tree and gun-toting raccoon, but it’s awesome to hear just how hardcore Gunn dug into the mythos of the Guardians and immersed himself in the concept. He also teased that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s late-2000s run of the Guardians comic served as a huge inspiration for his adaptation, which is a great place to start from.

Here’s an excerpt:

"[Marvel] came to me and told me about the movie. I met with them and at first I wasn't sure about it, but then I went home and I couldn't get it out of my head. I wrote up a document that was 20 pages long. I could really clearly see what the movie was, visually. I wrote about that and that just got me to the next level … In fact, it’s a 100 percent true story that when I turned in my first draft they were really happy with the screenplay — which of course I was overjoyed with — and the only comment they had, which was basically from Joss Whedon, was that they wanted it to be 'more James Gunn'. So that's what I did. I said, 'It's your funeral!’…

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's [comic] series from 2008 and the stuff after that is really the linchpin for the movie. But I think it's less about taking actual story-points and more about taking what is the essence and feeling of that series. For me this movie is about family. It’s about a bunch of people that don't have a family and they learn to love each other. And I think it's about giving a shit. I think we live in a world where we're taught that not giving a shit is the coolest thing, and this is a movie that says it's really OK to give a shit.”

Though that final stinger scene at the end of Thor: The Dark World was admittedly a little grating, the more we hear from Gunn, the more excited we are to actually see what he’s cooking up.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014. Will you be blasting off to see it?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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