What do the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and AMC’s The Walking Dead have in common? Absolutely nothing, but they almost did.
The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero was approached to play a major role in what would have been the third installment of the fan-favorite Marvel property directed by James Gunn. At the moment, however, it looks like Nicotero is no longer attached to the project.
During a recent interview, Nicotero told Comicbook.com that he and Gunn talked about collaborating together on the unnamed Guardians of the Galaxy 3:
We had a great experience on Suicide Squad. Gunn and I had talked about collaborating on [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3], so I’d be excited to work with him. We had never really had a chance to work together, so that would be fun.
He then talked about the conversation he had regarding a possible collaboration:
Listen, I like his stuff a lot. And when Guardians Vol. 3 was starting to heat up last summer, they had called and they were like, ‘Listen,’ you know? I mean, ‘Gunn really likes your stuff, and we’d love to talk about the possibility of you guys collaborating on some designs,’ and I was really excited about it. So hopefully we can continue nourishing that relationship.
Gunn, of course, was set to direct the film and with Nicotero bringing the film to life with his expertise in effects and character design.
Production on the film was set to begin last month, but the sudden removal of Gunn from the project due to some controversial tweets dating as far as 2009 has since halted its development. Marvel currently has no director in line to replace Gunn.
The ever-popular Walking Dead series first aired back on October 10th, 2010 and now has over 9 seasons of zombie-horror filled episodes. The show focuses on a group of survivors months and now years after a mysterious zombie virus takes over the world.
The Walking Dead is currently on its mid-season break and will return to AMC this coming Sunday, February 1o.
Nicotero and his KNB Effects Group’s work can be seen in the upcoming Spawn reboot directed by Todd McFarlane.
What are your thoughts on Greg Nicotero almost working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy 3? Should the executives at Marvel pursue him possibly even as a director? Let us know in the comments below!
James Gunn had completed his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and production was scheduled to begin early next year. However, the project has been put on hold following the decision to remove Gunn as the director of the final chapter in the trilogy, though Disney and Marvel Studios are reportedly intending to use his script.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Sean Gunn.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest updates on the Marvel Studios film as it develops!
Suicide Squad Characters That Can Appear In The James Gunn Sequel
James Gunn is directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. but that comes at a cost.
When the first Suicide Squad was about to hit theaters DC fans were completely ecstatic. The trailers looked great and the feel of the movie was much different than the darkness that preceded it in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This movie was expected to be one of DC's biggest hits and it turned out to be one of the biggest let-downs of all time.
Suicide Squad was bad and its reviews reflected that. It was one of the only movies I've ever been upset at and it made me want to leave the theater. A sequel was announced because the film did well at the box office, going through a number of drafts until James Gunn was brought on to write it. With James Gunn now officially set to direct The Suicide Squad, it looks like the film will be a bit of a soft reboot.
Last night was a bit of a DC maelstrom of news. We got the release dates and official titles of Matt Reeves' The Batman and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Both movies will be hitting theaters in Summer 2021. Throughout all of the chaos a small tidbit surfaced about The Suicide Squad: the James Gunn-directed film will be some sort of relaunch with new characters and actors. Here are the characters I think James Gunn should introduce in his Suicide Squad movie. Hit Next to view all of my choices.
Warner Bros. and DC may want to reboot Suicide Squad, but it would be seriously dumb for them to recast Amanda Waller. Viola Davis was one of the saving graces of the first film and bringing her back is the smart thing to do. Amanda Waller is the one that puts the group together and she shouldn't be changed due to a new director.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II made his debut as Black Manta in Aquaman and he didn’t get much screen time. The Suicide Squad is the best place for Black Manta to receive some character development and for audiences to see him grow as a villain. Black Manta is a main squad member in the New 52 and I think James Gunn could do the character justice.
Another bright spot from the first film: Will Smith as Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. Will Smith is one of the most famous actors of all time and throughout every review of Suicide Squad his character shines. His charisma and screen presence dominated the film. Not bringing Smith back would be sabotaging the sequel as fans will expect the actor to return following his great performance.
Joe Manganiello made his debut as Deathstroke in the post-credits scene of Justice League. His character wasn't as eager for a team-up as Lex Luthor, but we could see the assassin enroll in the Suicide Squad. It could be great for Manganiello as his Deathstroke film has been put on the back-burner.
This character is unlikely to show up in The Suicide Squad as she's being heavily utilized in The Flash series on The CW. But, if James Gunn does get his hands on Killer Frost, I guarantee the character will not be a complete shitshow like in the series. Hopefully the director can make Killer Frost as villainous as possible.
Poison Ivy will definitely return to the big screen. Pamela Isley made her big screen debut in Batman & Robin with Uma Thurman playing the character and while that film is so campily terrible, fans are looking forward to a modern take on the iconic DC Comics villain. Poison Ivy is rumored to be part of a Gotham City Sirens film and a rumored Birds of Prey versus The Gotham City Siren project. Ivy could definitely make her DC Extended Universe debut in The Suicide Squad and then return for more movies.
King Shark was supposed to be in the first Suicide Squad, but ultimately didn't make the cut. The concept art of the character shows the cold-blooded amphibious mutant in a Hawaiian shirt looking like a totally monstrous shark. If James Gunn does decide to utilize this character it would be fun to see what he does on screen.
Bronze Tiger was heavily featured in the first half of Arrow season 7. He was a major help to Oliver Queen during his tenure in prison. But Arrow hasn't done a very accurate version of Bronze Tiger and The Suicide Squad could be the first place we get to see Ben Turner really let loose.
Bane is an interesting choice to join The Suicide Squad. He is a member in the comics and even the first film had some concept art featuring his mask. Fans are clamoring for Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista to join the film as the iconic Batman villain, having the actor reunite with James Gunn.
Kristen Wiig will make her debut as infamous Wonder Woman villain Cheetah in 2020's Wonder Woman 1984. Maybe after the film, Cheetah gets locked up by A.R.G.U.S. and joins the Squad in present day. It would be great to see Wiig's character be explored more in future films.