Though writer/director James Gunn has become known for movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, as well as his more intimate, but overtly violent work that includes the likes of Super and Slither, it may surprise you to learn that Gunn wrote the screenplays for both 2002's Scooby-Doo and its 2004 follow-up Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In an attempt to distract people at home from the craziness that is going on in the world around them, Gunn has taken to social media to reveal his plans for the third Scooby Doo movie, and, things get pretty deep for Shaggy and his canine companion.
"The Mystery Ink gang are hired by a town in Scotland who complain they're being plagued by monsters but we discover throughout the film the monsters are actually the victims & Scooby & Shaggy have to come to terms with their own prejudices & narrow belief systems. Yes, Really!"
So, Scooby-Doo 3 would have taken us and the gang to Scotland and would have once again involved a monstrous threat that is not quite what it seems. Where the movie would have been very, very different though is in the philosophical arc Gunn decided to give the stuttering, cowardly dope Shaggy and his best pal, Scooby-Doo. It seems that the events of the movie would have led the beloved duo to have a crisis of faith, with both of them forced to question their perception of the world and acknowledge the moralistic grey areas that lurk between the black and white. Sounds pretty heavy for a movie about a gang of teenage monster hunters.
This would certainly have given the third Scooby-Doo movie a unique angle, and the detailed synopsis from James Gunn is nothing if not intriguing. The third movie in the Scooby-Doo franchise was planned, with Gunn set to serve as writer and director. However, due to the financial disappoint of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the plans were sadly scrapped, leaving us all to now merely ponder what kind of metaphysical delight we missed out on. Failing to meet studio projections, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed earned $181.5 million against a $25 million budget.
Following its initial release way back in 2002, the first Scooby-Doo became a cult classic among fans, who enjoyed the cast who brought Mystery Inc. to life as well as the unique monsters and the innuendos that are cleverly sprinkled throughout the movie. The movie featured a cast comprised of Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini as the live-action iterations of their famous Hanna-Barbera counterparts, with Neil Fanning providing the voice of the titular dog.
Fear not though, as Scooby and the gang are ready to return to the big screen this year with the release of the animated movie Scoob!. Meanwhile, production on James Gunn's The Suicide Squad recently wrapped, with the director slated to return to Marvel Studios to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sometime down the road.
This intriguing reveal came courtesy of a question and answer session on social media via James Gunn's official Twitter account.
Most of us are looking to kill some time right now, what with being cooped up in the house and all. What better way to do that than to watch one of the most beloved movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the director that brought it to life? Those who enjoy 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy will have the chance to do just that tonight, as James Gunn is attending an online watch party for his first MCU entry.
The folks at Comicbook.com have been hosting a #QuarantineWatchParty series during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. During some of these events, filmmakers who helped make the movies have joined in to share insight about the movies. James Gunn, taking to Twitter, recently revealed that he will be attending the Guardians of the Galaxy watch party. Here's what he had to say.
'Okay I'll make it to this #GotG #QuarantineWatchParty tomorrow night at 9 pm EST.'
Guardians of the Galaxy marked a major turning point in the MCU. Up to that point, Marvel Studios had largely played it safe with characters that were at least semi-popular or well known to comic book readers. Even the most devoted comic fans were, at best, tangentially familiar with this obscure group prior to the movie. That makes what James Gunn did all the more impressive, as he turned a rag-tag group of aliens, led by a human named Star-Lord, along with a talking tree and raccoon, and turned it into one of the most surprising blockbusters of the last decade. It also expanded the scope of what the MCU could be and helped pave the way for movies like Doctor Strange and Black Panther. It also led to a sequel, 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
With that, having James Gunn watch along and share insight about the movie sounds like a solid way to kill a couple of hours. Who knows? Maybe someone will finally find the one, big elusive Easter egg that hasn't been discovered yet. James Gunn, meanwhile is currently busy working on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which wrapped filming before the widespread production shutdown went into effect. After he's done with the DC universe, he'll be heading back over to Marvel to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will be part of Phase 5 of the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive box office hit, grossing $772 million and earning high praise from critics upon release. To this day, it is consistently ranked as one of the best MCU movies to date. Those who wish to attend the #QuarantineWatchParty simply need to push play on a copy of the movie, be it a physical or digital one, at 9 p.m. EST. The movie is also available to stream on Disney+. For more information, head on over to Comicbook.com.