Writer-director James Gunn confirmed this week that he’ll be back for a third outing with the Guardians of the Galaxy. In a post on his official Facebook page, Gunn wrote that he will return to write and direct a third movie for the Guardians of the Galaxy series. That’s before the second movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has even been released in theaters.
Gunn revealed that he didn’t commit for the third film until recently. Gunn wrote the following:
Before I was able to honestly answer this, I needed to know it was, in my heart, what I truly felt called to do. There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist. I couldn’t do it for the money, and I couldn’t do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.
So, after many months of ruminations and discussions, I know the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket but instead I thought I’d share it with the most important people in the Guardiansverse – you, the fans, who have been so incredibly supportive and enthusiastic over the past five years, it has moved me to tears on a regular basis.
So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
It seems pretty academic that the upcoming sequel will be a hit. So, this doesn’t seem to be a case of counting chickens before they hatch. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters on May 5.