James Gunn, the outspoken director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has slammed the Hollywood system following the success of superhero movie 'Deadpool’.
Gunn took to his Facebook page to vent his spleen after reading commentary about why the movie has been such a record-breaking success (£194 million worldwide and counting), and also about how executives will now react to it.
“After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit. I saw it happen with Guardians. It 'wasn’t afraid to be fun’ or it 'was colorful and funny’ etc etc etc,” he writes.
“And next thing I know I hear of a hundred film projects being set up 'like Guardians’, and I start seeing dozens of trailers exactly like the Guardians trailer with a big pop song and a bunch of quips. Ugh…
“So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films 'like Deadpool’ – but, by that, they won’t mean 'good and original’ but 'a raunchy superhero film’ or 'it breaks the fourth wall’. They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.”
The cause of the rant was one particular piece, in the movie bible Deadline, which quoted an anonymous executive.
“The film has a self-deprecating tone that’s riotous. It’s never been done before. It’s poking fun at Marvel. That label takes itself so seriously, can you imagine them making fun of themselves in a movie? They’d rather stab themselves,” the exec said.
Gunn then took time to explain why this was wrong. Very wrong indeed.
“I love Deadline and get a lot of my film business news from them. And I love Deadpool even more - the film is hilariously funny, has lots of heart, and is exactly what we need right now, taking true risks in spectacle film - but COME THE F*** ON. That’s no reason to rewrite history.
“This quote has to have been said by the dumbest f***ing Hollywood exec in the history of dumb f***ing Hollywood execs.
“Let’s ignore Guardians for a moment, a movie that survives from moment to moment building itself up and cutting itself down - God knows I’m biased about that one. But what do you think Favreau and Downey did in Iron Man? What the f*** was Ant-Man??!”
Seems fair. Out of Marvel and DC movies, Marvel takes itself considerably less seriously.
Meanwhile, 'Deadpool’, though hotly anticipated, has taken Hollywood somewhat aback with its untamed success.
So far it’s taken the Presidents Day weekend record from 'Fifty Shades of Grey’, making $150 million over the US holiday (’Fifty Shades’ took $93 million), and smashed the R-rated movie opening weekend record from 'The Matrix’ too, which made $91.8 million by comparison.
It’s also a bigger opening than superhero hits 'Man of Steel’, 'Iron Man 2’ or any of the 'X-Men’ movies.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, it’s out now across the UK.
Image credits: Marvel/Deadline