During a recent interview with Total Film, director James Gunn revealed the underlying theme of the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. "For me, this movie is about family," he said. "It's about a bunch of people that don't have a family, and they learn to love each other. And I think it's about giving a s--t. I think we live in a world where we're taught that not giving a s--t is the coolest thing—and this is a movie that says it's really OK."
Although the movie draws inspiration from the comic book series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, don't look for familiar plot points to pop up in the film. Gunn added, "I think it's less about taking actual story points and more about taking what is the essence and feeling of that series."
Due to its outlandish characters and otherworldly destination, Guardians of the Galaxy has been viewed as a huge risk for Marvel. But Gunn disagrees. "I think Iron Man was by far the riskiest. [Marvel] was a film company that didn't have much, raising money to make a film based on a property that wasn't that much more well-known than Guardians of the Galaxy," he reasoned.
The superhero film arrives in theaters Aug. 1, 2014. The plot follows Peter Quill, an astronaut who discovers a powerful orb and must survive attempts by the villain Ronan the Accuser to hunt him down for the artifact. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel star as the Guardians. Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly and Benicio del Toro also appear.
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