James Gunn has had a very stable run over the previous decade, highlighted by the hit Guardians of the Galaxy films, which he co-wrote and directed. Recently on Twitter he revealed that the first GotG was this near not occurring because it did, as a result of Gunn wished to do a Hitman movie as an alternative.

“Weeks before I got Guardians I pitched a Hitman movie,” Gunn tweeted (opens in new tab). “The studio really wanted to hire me, but a producer on the project did not. I was bummed then, but thank God, because I would have never been able to do GotG if they had said yes!”

Weeks earlier than I obtained Guardians I pitched a HITMAN movie. The studio really wished to rent me, however a producer on the undertaking didn’t. I used to be bummed then, however thank God, as a result of I might have by no means been in a position to do GotG if they’d mentioned sure! https://t.co/0JYQGBsuGYSeptember 6, 2022

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I appreciated Guardians of the Galaxy (though to be sincere I am 90% of the option to a ‘thumbs up’ with just about something Dave Bautista’s in) however I believe a Hitman movie written and directed by Gunn could possibly be a lot of enjoyable. Sure, the earlier Hitman flicks starring Timothy Olyphant (opens in new tab) and that different man (opens in new tab) haven’t been good, however that is not essentially Hitman’s fault. They’re bathroom-commonplace motion flicks, generic and uninteresting in all features besides the videogame connection.

The success of the Hitman reboot trilogy has demonstrated that the actual secret is to embrace the basically absurdity of a giant, scowling bald man with a barcode tattooed on his head shifting like an invisible predator by giant crowds and elite safety forces. I imply, come on.

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That’s one thing that Gunn does nicely: Mixing motion, and even pathos, with the acknowledgement that every one of this is sort of foolish, however that is alright as a result of it is a lot of enjoyable, too. We have been most likely fortunate to get Guardians of the Galaxy as an alternative of a longshot flier on Agent 47, however I am unable to assist however hope that with all these hits now beneath his belt, Gunn will take one other run at a Hitman movie sometime.