James Gunn looks forward to Guardians of the Galaxy sequel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 August 2014
James Gunn

James Gunn

James Gunn says a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel is already in the works

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn is already working on a sequel to the sci-fi film.

The first movie - starring Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt - opened in cinemas over the last couple of weeks, but Gunn is refusing to let the dust settle, revealing he has already developed a "basic story" for the sequel.

He told Empire: "I've thought a lot about where these characters are going and where they came from, things we've gotta find out. There has been a lot of world building we've done that we get to play with in the second movie.

"There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill's father is, and things like that, between a select two or three of us. That's been part of the plan since the beginning, that's something I had to work out and I worked it out before we shot the screenplay."

Although Gunn, 44, admits the sequel is still in its infant stages, the director is excited by the creative process.

He added: "Sometimes you have ideas and you write them down and they're too convoluted on paper and it's too many ideas for one thing or it's not enough ideas or whatever and so that could easily change, but I know a lot about who these characters are and where they came from and where they're going."

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
  • UK release: 31 July 2014

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell
  • UK release: 28 April 2017

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

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