How Michael Rooker Is Trying To Convince James Gunn To Make A Yondu Movie

There are many characters in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy who could likely carry their very own spin-off - and Michael Rooker is evidently very keen on that happening for his role as Yondu Udonta. How do we know this? Because apparently he pitches ideas about it as a possibility to his writer/director friend as late as 3AM.

James Gunn took to his Facebook today to share a particular piece of his longtime friendship with Michael Rooker, revealing a bit of artwork that the actor sent to the director late one night. You can see it in the post below, along with the filmmaker's caption:

#GotG spin-off? This is the kind of stuff Michael Rooker sends me at 3 am.Posted by James Gunn on Thursday, September 24, 2015

If you're not familiar with Rooker's past work, this piece might have you laughing but scratching your head. Why is it so dark, and why does it seem like Yondu is about to kill a lot of people? Well, it's because the piece is actually a parody of the poster for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer- which also happens to be Rooker's first feature film performance. You can see the original artwork below:

Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer

There have been plenty of discussions among fans about the direction Marvel Studios should take with their potentially burgeoning cosmic branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and while the future is pretty much unclear in that regard, a Yondu and the Ravagers spin-off honestly may not be the worst of ideas. There's certainly many directions a filmmaker could go in with a bunch of space pirates as protagonists, and on some level you could make the movie as a space-set equivalent of DC's Suicide Squad - with the Nova Corps enlisting their help on a mission in exchange for wiping some records clean. Yondu was certainly one of the best parts of Guardians of the Galaxy, and it's easy to imagine fans following him on his own little adventure.

For now, the only solid piece in place for the future of the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will be in theaters on May 5, 2017 (2019's Inhumans might wind up fitting into the category as well, but not enough details are known about the project just yet). As always, we'll keep your apprised of any updates, while also keeping our fingers crossed that a Yondu movie becomes a thing.

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