If you had burning questions left unanswered upon finishing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fear not — writer-director James Gunn recently said the next installment will have all the answers you’re looking for.
“We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie,” the writer-director said to Collider ahead of Vol. 2’s home video release.
Gunn revealed that it’ll be a little over a year before filming actually gets started on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — the main goal right now is to get the story right.
“I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie. I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones,” he said, adding that one of his treatments for a film is usually 70 pages long and includes photos and other frames of reference.
“You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing.”
Gunn said he’s “tying a lot of stuff together in the third film,” but there’s still some room for some possible surprises, such as a chance to see an original batch of Guardians show up on screen.
“There’s always discussion with Ravagers — it would be The Ravagers,” he said. “It’s always a possibility. I would be excited.”
You can listen to the full interview on the home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will be available digitally Aug. 8 and on DVD/Blu-ray (Disney’s first 4K Blu-ray, at that) Aug. 22.
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