James Gunn Opens Up About "Silver Surfer" Film Treatment He Once Wrote

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn shared a story about his first experiences in Hollywood, including the time he wrote a "Silver Surfer" film treatment.

In a Facebook post, Gunn recalled how Fox called for a "Silver Surfer" film treatment before even "Fantastic Four" was in the works.

Hey my quote is on the cover of this month's Silver Surfer so pick it up. Little known fact: When I first moved to LA in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning on Galactus (but no Fantastic Four - this was before the first FF film). At the same time, I was approached by director Jay Roach and his producer Shauna Robertson about writing a live-action Spy Vs. Spy film. That film seemed more likely to get made, and I loved Jay and Shauna, so I took that gig instead. It was my first studio film job. Of course, in eventuality, neither movie ever got made. But people liked the Spy Vs. Spy script, so I got a lot of work because of it. That said, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like had I truly jumped into the cosmic Marvel pool 16 years ago. Instead, I shall satisfy myself reading the great work of Dan Slott and Mike Allred every month!

Gunn's quote is featured on "Silver Surfer" #11, which is now available at retailers.

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