Marvel’s new space swashbuckler, Guardians of the Galaxy, hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the wave of positive buzz currently enveloping the film has sparked a great deal of interest in a sequel. If early reactions to the movie are any indication, James Gunn has directed Marvel’s best film yet, and a new report claims that he’ll be back for more.
According to TheWrap, James Gunn will write and direct the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The film technically hasn’t been announced yet, but likely will be during Marvel’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con tomorrow.
The news comes straight from Gunn’s Guardians co-writer, Nicole Perlman, who said:
“They started to figure it out pretty quick when they started getting the reactions from the audience; it was a very positive reaction. Of course they would want to make a sequel as long as it does well and people are excited about it, they’ll wanna do a sequel. So, it’s going to happen.
James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2.”
Perlman is less sure about her own involvement in the film, but stated that she would “love to work with Marvel again.” Gunn may be one of the few directors to work with Marvel more than once (the others are Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and Anthony and Joe Russo), but the studio has a history of bringing writers back for sequels, so Perlman’s future with the studio may be bright.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters in just one week, on August 1st, 2014. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, and Josh Brolin.