Go Into The Story Script Reading & Analysis: “Galaxy Quest”

A 6 part series on the beloved 1999 science fiction comedy movie.

Screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon, story by David Howard.

IMDb plot summary: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

Links to the GITS week-long discussion and analysis:

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
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Years ago, I came up with this mantra: Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages. A link to my reflections on that here.

Cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading movie scripts.

For all of the other screenplays and commentary in the GITS Script Reading & Analysis series, go here.

For my 7-part series on How to Read a Screenplay, go here.

For links to over 100 free and legal script downloads, go here.


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Epcot is Getting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ratatouille’ Rides [D23 Expo 2017]

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As expected, several major announcements regarding the future of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida came out of the D23 Expo. The acclaimed Ratatouille ride that opened at Disneyland Paris back in 2014 will make its North American debut in the park’s France pavilion. In even bigger news, a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will open at the park, bringing the Marvel universe to Walt Disney World.

Neither of these announcements should come as a surprise to theme park aficionados. Both Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy rides have been rumored for some time and recent construction permits all-but-confirmed that they were in the works.

Ratatouille is a natural enough fit for Epcot – after all, the park already has an area themed around France and Disney already has a ride design ready to be dropped into the land. As you can see from the concept art below, this addition will come with some extensive remodeling:

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The Guardians of the Galaxy ride (supposedly a hybrid of dark ride and roller coaster) is a bit more mysterious and the presentation did not confirm the rumors that it would take over the space occupied by the rapidly aging Universe of Energy. The only story detail we know is that a young Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) apparently visited Epcot as a kid…which means that this Marvel attraction may get very, very meta. Maybe it will tap into the nostalgia that so many Disney fans have for the park’s glory days in the ’80s?

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However, there were other major reveals. Disney announced plans to completely redesign the entrance to the park, giving the tired opening area some much needed wow factor:

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It was also revealed that Mission: Space, which has been closed for refurbishment, will re-open with a new “mission” for riders to complete. Specifics weren’t revealed, but “guests are going to blast off for an orbital adventure around the planet.” And if the ride doesn’t make you lose your lunch, you can head over the brand new restaurant being built next door, which, as you can see from the concept art below, will be an eatery that lets you dine in outer space.

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A Mixed Bag

Epcot has been approaching a crossroads for years. Theme park fans have decried how it has strayed from its original “world’s fair” mission statement, but everyone also agrees that the park is in desperate need of some tender loving care. Many of the rides are feeling creaky and much of the scenery is showings its age in a big way. Something had to happen.

The first confirmation that Epcot would be straying further from its original path came when Maelstrom, a boat tour through Norwegian myth and history, was replaced with Frozen Ever After. Disney fans decried the death of a well-liked (but let’s face it, not exactly classic) attraction…but Frozen Ever After did what it was supposed to do and gave Epcot a shot of energy. The path ahead for the park that was once focused on science and culture and learning seems to be clear: more characters, more recognizable franchises and more Disney branding.

And that’s to be expected, right? And knowing Disney’s track record, what we do get will impressive and immersive and very entertaining. Epcot will rise anew. But consider this the end of the old Epcot, the one that us old folks remember. The future is shiny and cool and yeah, a little bitter.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Duke it Out for Weekend Box Office #1

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Fox’s Alien: Covenant enjoyed a strong opening day, delivering an estimated $ 15.35 million (including $ 4.2m in Thursday previews). Early expectations for the weekend are for a $ 38-40+ million three-day and a #1 opening. In second is Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, which is looking to deliver close to our weekend prediction with an estimated $ 8.8 million on Friday headed toward a $ 33-35 million weekend. WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything also delivered a solid F…
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ To Top Weekend Box Office

It’s a tight race at the top as weekend estimates have Alien: Covenant holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Considering Guardians has been underestimated the past two weekends by $ 1.46 million and $ 2.25 million, tomorrow afternoon’s actuals will be something to look out for as less than $ 1 million separates the two films. Meanwhile, WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fo…
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Holds at #1 While ‘King Arthur’ Falls on His Sword

UPDATE: Fox has finally sent over debut international results for Alien: Covenant, which released in 34 international markets this weekend with an estimated $ 42 million. The film was #1 in 19 of its opening markets including South Korea ($ 7.2m), UK ($ 6.4m), France ($ 4.5m), Australia ($ 3.1m), Spain ($ 1.9m) and Hong Kong ($ 1.8m). Next weekend, along with its domestic debut in 3,600+ theaters, the film will open in 52 markets including Germany, Russia and Sweden. Here’s a look at the top p…
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VOTD: Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Looks So Damn Stunning

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One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen.

As James Gunn and some of the other key behind the scenes crew members talk about shooting the movie, the high-definition footage speaks for itself. Gunn goes against the grain when it comes to the visual style of his movies, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has positively mesmerizing visuals with smooth camera movements made possible by the small size and versatility of the RED Weapon camera.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters everywhere now.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Debuts with $145 Million Domestically, Tops $425M Worldwide

Accounting for over 79% of the cumulative top ten gross, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topped the domestic box office, showing a 54% increase compared to the 2014 original and giving Disney the top two openers of 2017 so far. Additionally, the film expanded its reach overseas, including openings in South Korea and China, the latter of which delivered the fourth largest opening in China to date for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the film’s global cume has now topped $ 425 milli…
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews – What Did You Think?!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews - What Did You Think?!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews – What Did You Think?!

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters worldwide and we’ve created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow moviegoers what you thought about the James Gunn-directed sequel, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet.

You can read our two Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reviews here and here. Let us know what you thought by posting your Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reviews in the comments below! You can view all our previous Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coverage by clicking here.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Directed and written by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Looks to Kick Off Summer 2017 with a Bang

The summer movie season is upon us as Disney and Marvel release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 into theaters as the lone new wide release of the weekend. This latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will debut in over 4,300 theaters domestically after opening in ~58% of the international marketplace last weekend and pulling in over $ 106 million. This weekend it adds several new international markets, including China, as it hopes to become the second Disney release of 2017 to to…
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Featurette: The Gang’s All Here and Having a Good Time

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters in less than two weeks and our third most anticipated movie of the summer has been receiving mostly warm notices so far. James Gunn‘s sequel to his 2014 hit looks to double down on everything that made the first movie such a smash: strange but lovable characters, wild action, colorful science fiction, and heroes who spend as much time bickering as they do guarding the galaxy.

And while promotional featurettes don’t necessarily reflect the arduous process of making a big budget feature film, this particular one does make the process of making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 look like a whole lot of fun.

Anyone looking for grand insights into the filmmaking process needs to look elsewhere. But anyone looking for snippets of new footage and cool behind-the-scenes shots from this massive production will find a great deal to enjoy in the video embed below. The usual suspects are all on hand to provide talking head interviews, but the real fun here involves watching everyone appear to be having a great time on set. Making movies is hard…but playing a galactic superheroes? That’s got to bring a smile to your face.

This featurette is the latest chapter of Marvel Studio’s current marketing campaign, which kicked off last week with the first screenings of the finished film. Since then, the movie news beat has been all Guardians of the Galaxy, all the time. We learned that that the film would have five post-credits scenes, which feels like Marvel dancing on the edge of self-parody. We watched a clip where Drax the Destroyer embarks on an ill-fated plan to battle a monster and another where Star-Lord and Gamora share a romantic moment. The full soundtrack list, titled “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” was revealed and it certainly seems like a worthy follow-up to the first film’s bestselling collection of oldies. We even broke some news ourselves, discovering which character was originally going to be in the film before he was removed during the scripting phase (he will now play a role in the sequel).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to open on May 5, 2017. It will make every single dollar on planet earth.

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