James Gun revealed that the movie could start filming by the end of 2018.
Prior to its launch, Gunn made the announcement that he would return to direct the third installment after previously showing some hesitancy to return. He’s already been working on the script and hinted towards a 2020 release, and now revealed it could start filming by the end of 2018.
James Gunn recently spoke with Collider in honor of the upcoming home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will be the first ever Disney movie to be released in 4K Ultra HD, as well as the standard Blu-ray/DVD release on August 22. During the course of the conversation, he said that it will be “a little more than year” until filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he says will probably be the title of the movie unless something changes, will begin. But he is currently writing the script and, as he tells it, things are going great. Here’s what director James Gunn had to say about it.
“It’s been pretty easy. The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie.”
Ever since it was officially confirmed that Gunn was returning for Vol. 3, there has been heavy speculation that Marvel will keep the Guardians in the prime May slot in 2020. However, Marvel’s production schedule has also typically meant a film starts production roughly a year ahead of its release. Gunn’s timetable does have plenty of leeway with a late 2018 or early 2019 start fitting his guidelines, but a start in 2018 could make a late 2019 release possible.
The final installment will follow the same thorough process Gunn goes through when developing each of his films. “I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie,” Gunn said. “I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy will meet up with Thor before joining the rest of the Avengers in Infinity War, due out May 8, 2018. There’s no projected release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.