In a recent interview with /Film, director Gunn spoke quite candidly about getting the job and his vision for the film.
Gunn originally took a meeting with Marvel in the summer of 2011. After talking to executives about Guardians of the Galaxy, ideas started to come to him naturally. “It just sort of came to me—not the story at all but the visuals of it,” Gunn said. “I really saw how I visually could see this film and how I could add my own voice to that and really create something different with it that still had some familiarity. So, I went home and I wrote this 15-page document on the visuals of Guardians of the Galaxy and what would it be like, and what would it be like tonally. And what were the basics of what the characters would be like, and I sent it off to those guys and they really liked it.”
Guardians was in part inspired by classic sci-fi films like Alien and Bladerunner. “I like the—especially in Alien, how these guys were working in outer space and what they’re doing in their daily working lives,” Gunn said. “I like keeping the grittiness of it, but I wanted to bring back some of the color of the 1950’s and 60’s. You know, pulp science fiction movies and inject a little bit more of that pulp feel into things. There’s the pulp mixed with the grittiness and that’s been throughout the whole movie—the beauty mixed with the ugliness.”
For Gunn, when it came to decisions on CG and practical effects, it was all about balance. “I have to balance every scene in terms of the CG and practical. But I think it’s been something that, if you see my other movies—which are much lower budget movies—it’s always been something I’ve been very into, is the integration of CG and practical effects. And mixing those in a way so that when we try to create something it comes out as something that people don’t know exactly how it was made and it looks as real as possible.”
Guardians of the Galaxy hits the big screen August 1st.