In a recent interview, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 director James Gunn acknowledged that the production of the third installment was particularly challenging.
Currently, he is working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, his final film for Marvel Studios, as well as releasing The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ on Nov. 25. He recently joined DC Studios as co-chairman and co-CEO along with producer Peter Safran, and they are busy planning the next decade of storytelling.
In the words of Karen Gillian (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis), James Gunn’s script for Vol. 3 left them “full of tears.” Gillian even stated that it may be Gunn’s “strongest work yet.”
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James Gunn discussed his work on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
“I’ll be honest, I wrote the screenplay in a few hours, so it just kind of spilled out of me. It was very easy.Everything about shooting it was easy. Everything about getting the performances out of people was easy, whereas Vol. 3 was torture in every way. And so it was kinda like going back and forth between these two things. So it was really fun and really easy, and the score was instant.” Gunn told.
James Gunn also provided an update on the post-production status of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
“It’s a big movie, and it’s so different from the special because the special is so wacky and insane. The movie is so emotional, but it’s been a real joy making it. So it’s coming along great,” Gunn shares. “I still have a ton of visual effect shots I’m working on, and of course, putting the score together with John Murphy, which is gigantic. So those are the things I’ve been focusing on most, lately.”
In the Phase Zero podcast, Gunn discussed The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and the feature film Vol. 3.
“The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is also very, very different than Vol.3. Because Vol. 3 is a very, very emotional movie. And it tells this story about Rocket, and where he came from, and where he’s going, and how that ties into everybody else, and the end of this iteration of the Guardians. And so doing this goofy thing like once every four days and going, and shooting four days of Guardians Vol. 3, and then going back. It almost created a lot of whiplash. But it was also almost like the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special days were like snow days. That was recess. That was fun.”
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Holiday Special launches on Disney+ on November 25, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5, 2023.