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James Gunn is Not Sold on Shared Movie Universes

November 25th, 2014 by Todd Black Comments



James Gunn is many things, but two things he’s awesome at is directing and speaking his mind. Cause he does both very well.

Gunn took to Facebook the other day and wrote a long post about what he thought about other studios making big shared universes between their films.

“Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies. But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios.”

What does that mean exactly? Well he explains:

“These days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he laments. “Studios are trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes. It’s like they aren’t taking audiences into account at all anymore.”

It’s not hard to see where he’s coming from on some of this. Studios try and make trilogies before the first film even comes out, setting them up for some bad breaks if it doesn’t work out.

“In short, I think this new business model is flawed,” Gunn added. “I think filmmakers and studios should be prepared for the big picture, but never, ever let it get in the way of making a single great film.”

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!