James Gunn had plans for a Silver Surfer movie

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James Gunn had a hit with Guardians of the Galaxy. Not only was it a hit, it was also well-received by critics and fans alike. That wasn’t the only Marvel film that Gunn was involved in. Before that, he was working with Fox on a Silver Surfer treatment. As you can see, we never really got a movie from that. At least he gave us a talking raccoon and walking tree.

The director shared his Silver Surfer story on Facebook.

Hey my quote is on the cover of this month’s Silver Surfer so pick it up. Little known fact: When I first moved to LA in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning on Galactus (but no Fantastic Four – this was before the first FF film).

At the same time, I was approached by director Jay Roach and his producer Shauna Robertson about writing a live-action Spy Vs. Spy film. That film seemed more likely to get made, and I loved Jay and Shauna, so I took that gig instead. It was my first studio film job.

Of course, in eventuality, neither movie ever got made. But people liked the Spy Vs. Spy script, so I got a lot of work because of it. That said, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like had I truly jumped into the cosmic Marvel pool 16 years ago. Instead, I shall satisfy myself reading the great work of Dan Slott and Mike Allred every month! – James Gunn

We did get to see the Silver Surfer on the big screen though. However, he appeared in the lackluster Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer movie from director Tim Story (Barbershop).

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.

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