'Guardians' Director James Gunn's Next Script Is the Most Uncompromising He's Ever Written

'Guardians' Director James Gunn's Next Script Is the Most Uncompromising He's Ever Written

Apr 01, 2015

James Gunn - Guardians of the Galaxy

It may not be immediately obvious from watching Guardians of the Galaxy, but writer-director James Gunn is a horror guy in his heart. Granted, Guardians is a bit edgier than most of the Marvel movies, but it's certainly not nearly as violent as his past films like Super, as gory as Slither, or as grungy as Tromeo and Juliet.

We love the more family-friendly movies Gunn's plenty capable of (he wrote the live-action Scooby-Doos, which are actually pretty clever), but we also dig those movies, so we're relieved to hear that he hasn't hung up his horror hat just yet.

Gunn revealed on Facebook that The Belco Experiment, a script he wrote a few years, has finally found new life. Unfortunately he's not directing (Guaradians of the Galaxy 2 has him occupied), but he and the producer of The Conjuring have hired Wolf Creek director Greg McLean to captain the ship. And if you've seen Wolf Creek 2, then you know McLean's tendency to not pull punches on the grim stuff makes him a perfect match for this plot description:

The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee. 

Gunn calls The Belco Experiment "the most intense and uncompromising script I’ve ever written," which is saying something considering he also wrote the intense and truly kick-ass Dawn of the Dead remake. So between Gunn's script, McLean's direction, and Conjuring producer Peter Safran's guidance, we're guessing genre fans are going to be in for a nasty new gem in the not-too-distant future.

 

 

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