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Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn would love to do movies for Thunderbolts, Hit Monkey and We3

Aug. 9, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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During a recent online Q&A with fans, James Gunn was asked what he would choose if he could direct or write any property (comic, book, TV show, etc.), and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director selected three comics that he would be interested in bringing to the big screen. Those three properties are: Thunderbolts, Hit Monkey, and We3.

What, did you think he was going to say Flash or Namor? It's James Gunn, of course he was going to pick properties that are a little quirky or are not household names.

Here's a little bit about each property.

Thunderbolts: Out of the three, this one probably has the best chance of actually happening. Thunderbolts is a Marvel superhero team that mainly consists of reformed super villains, and throughout the years many famous characters have been a part of the team such as Hawkeye, Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, Venom and Red Hulk.

Hit Monkey: He's a monkey who has dedicated himself to killing assassins after his clan is slaughtered by one. The character has appeared in some issues of Deadpool, but he has also had his own mini-series and a one-shot special.

We3: This one I'd love to see as a film. We3 was a three issue mini-series published in 2004 about three prototype animal weapons (a dog, cat and rabbit) escaping captitivy and on the run from the military. The animals are encased in robotic armor and they can talk (although it's limited) due to skull implants. It's pretty much HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY if the animals in that movie had machine guns and razor claws.

Clearly this is just a wish list of sorts for James Gunn, but I'm happy to see that the other comic book properties he's interested in developing are all awesome and if GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a hit than maybe Gunn will get his chance to direct one of them.

James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker,  and Benicio Del Toro is in theaters August 1st, 2014.

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8:47AM on 08/09/2013
I guess We3 has a better chance of becoming an animated film. I think I'm close to forgiving James Gunn for directing Beezel in Movie 43...but man, I'm betting he wishes everyone conveniently forgot that. Such a blight on his resume, even for someone who started with Troma movies.
I guess We3 has a better chance of becoming an animated film. I think I'm close to forgiving James Gunn for directing Beezel in Movie 43...but man, I'm betting he wishes everyone conveniently forgot that. Such a blight on his resume, even for someone who started with Troma movies.
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1:05PM on 08/09/2013
I think that writing the Scooby Doo live action movies is just as bad.
I think that writing the Scooby Doo live action movies is just as bad.
8:50AM on 08/09/2013

meh

i get that these guys are comic book nerds and have some pretty awesome ideas about obscure franchises, but i really hope none of these get made. I'm sure Gunn would do a good job with these titles (or the studio would in general) but do these movies really need to be made. Should they produce this movie instead of "Luke Cage" or "Black Panther"? That's what always baffled me about the "Jonah Hex" movie, who at DC said "screw Flash and Wonderwoman, the people want a Jonah Hex movie"?

I'm
i get that these guys are comic book nerds and have some pretty awesome ideas about obscure franchises, but i really hope none of these get made. I'm sure Gunn would do a good job with these titles (or the studio would in general) but do these movies really need to be made. Should they produce this movie instead of "Luke Cage" or "Black Panther"? That's what always baffled me about the "Jonah Hex" movie, who at DC said "screw Flash and Wonderwoman, the people want a Jonah Hex movie"?

I'm sure these movies would be good, and i am excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, even though that also falls in this category, but i think the studio should push towards bigger name comic, follow the path that has worked the comic book companies
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5:44AM on 08/11/2013
Except Iron Man, who is possibly the most popular comic book character, was second or third tier before his first film. And no one knows who Luke Cage or Black Panther are, let alone actually give a shit.
Except Iron Man, who is possibly the most popular comic book character, was second or third tier before his first film. And no one knows who Luke Cage or Black Panther are, let alone actually give a shit.
1:39AM on 08/10/2013
History of Violence?
History of Violence?
9:50AM on 08/09/2013
I don't think how mainstream a title is correlates to how good a movie is. I'd rather have a filmmaker make an adaptation about a title he's excited by, than have the studio hire a servile journeyman to make a risk averse adaptation of a "known property."
I don't think how mainstream a title is correlates to how good a movie is. I'd rather have a filmmaker make an adaptation about a title he's excited by, than have the studio hire a servile journeyman to make a risk averse adaptation of a "known property."
9:05AM on 08/09/2013

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9:23AM on 08/09/2013
I don't know if Gunn is the right one, though what we heard about the glimpse at his Guardians sounds promising...But I would really like to see comics like Slaine and Lobo done live-action. And the Incal of course, if Refn really does that one we are in for a treat.
I don't know if Gunn is the right one, though what we heard about the glimpse at his Guardians sounds promising...But I would really like to see comics like Slaine and Lobo done live-action. And the Incal of course, if Refn really does that one we are in for a treat.
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9:28AM on 08/09/2013

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If Guardians of the Galaxy is done well, then I want to see him direct The Darkness.
If Guardians of the Galaxy is done well, then I want to see him direct The Darkness.
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9:59AM on 08/09/2013

The Thunderbolts are okay

But I'd rather see a Hellfire Club film. I know that means you'd have to be dealing with Fox, but if we're talking dream projects...

Or Hulk: Red vs. Green.
But I'd rather see a Hellfire Club film. I know that means you'd have to be dealing with Fox, but if we're talking dream projects...

Or Hulk: Red vs. Green.
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10:30AM on 08/09/2013

WE3!!!

WE3 is one of my favorite limited series comics of all time! I've been wanting someone to make this thing forever and always thought it would be a great Peter Jackson or David Fincher property. Extremely violent stuff.
Please happen...
WE3 is one of my favorite limited series comics of all time! I've been wanting someone to make this thing forever and always thought it would be a great Peter Jackson or David Fincher property. Extremely violent stuff.
Please happen...
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12:33PM on 08/09/2013
WE3. So short. So utterly depressing.
WE3. So short. So utterly depressing.
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1:15PM on 08/09/2013

Why no talk on some classics from Image Comics

Cyberforce
Wetworks
WildCATS
Youngblood
Team 7
Gen 13
Darkness
If these could have worked out right, a real contender against Marvel and wipe out DC.
Cyberforce
Wetworks
WildCATS
Youngblood
Team 7
Gen 13
Darkness
If these could have worked out right, a real contender against Marvel and wipe out DC.
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2:24PM on 08/09/2013
Lets just see if he can make it through this movie first. Then talk about additional movies.
Lets just see if he can make it through this movie first. Then talk about additional movies.
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1:47AM on 08/10/2013
Way to not mention any of the Thunderbolts that made them comic mainstays. Introduce Baron Zemo in to a Cap movie. Have him make the Thunderbolts and make it a redemption story for the likes of Songbird and co.
Way to not mention any of the Thunderbolts that made them comic mainstays. Introduce Baron Zemo in to a Cap movie. Have him make the Thunderbolts and make it a redemption story for the likes of Songbird and co.
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12:23AM on 08/18/2013
i bet none of you realize that the comic series We3, the concept of the series, was originally intended to be one of the Weapon Plus projects (as in Weapon X, i.e. Wolverine and countless others, using one of the unused "Weapon" numbers)... but was never greenlit at marvel, so the creator tweaked the story a bit and brought it to another comic publisher... and thus, We3 was created... pretty cool, huh? if you check out the Weapon Plus page in one of the Marvel Wiki's, you can find the unused
i bet none of you realize that the comic series We3, the concept of the series, was originally intended to be one of the Weapon Plus projects (as in Weapon X, i.e. Wolverine and countless others, using one of the unused "Weapon" numbers)... but was never greenlit at marvel, so the creator tweaked the story a bit and brought it to another comic publisher... and thus, We3 was created... pretty cool, huh? if you check out the Weapon Plus page in one of the Marvel Wiki's, you can find the unused Weapon Plus numbers, and some of them even say that said part of the program operation was used in experimentation with animals.... i dunno. i thought itd be a fun true tidbit to share with everyone....

...and personally, i think a Thunderbolts film, if done right, and using the perfectly chosen anti-superhero cast, with a uniquely developed screenplay could turn out pretty damn awesome... just my opinion.... :P
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