Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

James Gunn jokes about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ new members, DVD details

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn spoke (aka joked) about the sequel the blockbuster film. Gunn spoke at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit, opening up the proceedings with a humorous response to “what fans can expect.”

guardians-of-the-galaxy-Rocket Raccoon up close“It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes. In really horribly brutal fashion.”

Gunn confessed that he began writing the sequel the day the first film opened.

“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2,’” Gunn said. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”

Gunn did confirm that all of the existing team members will of course be returning but that “fans may see the team adding new members.” He also said the new film will uncover some secrets posed in the first.

Gunn talked about what to expect from the upcoming DVD release of Guardians, which will arrive in stores Dec. 9. In addition to a director’s commentary, Gunn promised a number of deleted scenes that he said add to the background and context of the characters rather than distracting from or changing the story. He particularly likes a scene where Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) fakes a laugh at Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) plan.

“In the long version of the scene where Rocket is laughing at Quill, Quill gets very offended by that and takes a vote of the other Guardians to see who thinks that the laugh is fake,” Gunn said. “It’s a pretty fake laugh, and I think Rocket gets hurt that Groot goes against him.”

Gunn also discussed his passion for making the film in 3D, which he said was a decision he pushed for from the beginning of production. He got his way and he believes that the 3D release is one reason the film continues to see success worldwide. Gunn said it’s that international appeal that drives the decision for a studio to go 3D with a film rather than what a director necessarily wants to do with it.

He said, “3D kind of is a wash in the United States, but in Europe it’s bigger. So it makes much more of a difference than it does here. If it was just 3D in the United States, most people would not do 3D.”

The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in theaters on July 28, 2017

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