James Gunn Writes a Touching Letter to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Fans

By August 4, 2014
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In celebration of a banner weekend at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy director and co-screenwriter James Gunn didn’t do something “Hollywood,” like immediately forget about all of his fans and start randomly throwing money out of the roof of a newly-purchased convertible or similar (with the film making an estimated $94M at the domestic box office, Gunn could surely stand to toss some bills around), he did something truly touching: he reached out to say thank you.

Gunn took to his Facebook page last night (if that sounds familiar, it’s because it is — the filmmaker often posts updates geared to his fans there, so it might be time to give the guy a follow) to thank his fans, to talk about what it is that makes the property so special to him, and to tease a little bit about what we can expect from his next Guardians outing. Give it a read:

Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, from the bottom of my heart. The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks. The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It’s for all of us who don’t belong. This movie belongs to you. And, today, I think we’re doing okay.

I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise. But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED. The cast, the producers, the crew, and I felt like we were making something special while we were making it. But it is very rare that a director’s INTENTIONS in creating a film, or a scene, or a character, or a line of dialogue are, seemingly, specifically what is experienced by an audience (not to mention critics!), and that seems to be what has happened here. You have allowed a talking raccoon – for a moment, a minute, or a day – to make you a little more human. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.

James Gunn

If I relied on myself to implement these intentions, the film would be a shambling mess. But instead, I had a wonderful cast, genius producers, an incredibly brave studio, sublimely talented visual effects artists, great editors, and the best damn crew of mostly-British bastards to actually implement these intentions for me. Where I had a good idea they would, through alchemy, transform it into a great one. Many of you involved are friends of mine on Facebook. Many of you will read this somewhere else. I love you all.

You may remember me posting here a couple weeks ago how sad I was to be finishing up the film, that I was having trouble letting go of Rocket, and that I was going to miss him. But seeing him (and Groot, and the rest of the team) embraced by the world like they have been, to be UNDERSTOOD, makes it a wonderful letting go. It’s like giving a foster pet up for adoption to the most wonderful parents in the world.

And, of course, I’m not really saying goodbye as, while many of you have been enjoying the film, I’ve spent this weekend hard at work on the sequel. I couldn’t help myself! The results are nice but it’s really the creative process I love and that keeps me going. I’m on fire with this thing! The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Onto week two…

Love, James

It’s touching to see a director who clearly feels so attached to a film able to express that in his words — especially the kind of words that are meant to foster inclusion amongst fans and drive home just how much a project has always retained its intended and true spirit. We certainly don’t see enough of that.

Gunn is set to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is set to open on July 28, 2017.

Did you see Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.