James Gunn Offers Update on Guardians of the Galaxy 2

UPDATE: Fresh off the news this morning from one of James Gunn’s Periscope Q&As, the writer/director decided to hold another where he revealed that the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will begin production in February of 2016. Like Ant-Man and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, the sequel will shoot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. The original story follows:

We’re almost two years away from the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which perhaps may seem like a long wait, but it seems like just yesterday Marvel’s The Avengers was in theaters and now “Age of Ultron” is less than a month away. Earlier this week, writer/director James Gunn took to the social media broadcasting app Periscope to answer some fan questions and in doing so offered an update on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 story treatment and script.

“I turned in my treatment. I’m going in to meet about it Friday and we will start working on the screenplay next week,”Gunn said (via Screen Rant).

Gunn also revealed that they’re about 70 pages deep into the screenplay for the sequel and also described pitching the sequel to Marvel Studios as “best experience he ever had with a pitch.” Another interesting note from Gunn’s video is that he mentioned they may have figured out a way for Karen Gillan to return as Nebula without having to shave her head, which she famously revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will once again feature Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as unlikely heroes who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. It will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.