Long before he became the shepherd of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn earned a paycheck -- a significant paycheck -- as the writer of a live-action take on the animated classic, Scooby-Doo. On the fifteenth anniversary of that comedy's release, Gunn took to Facebook and posted a nostalgic memory-lane jog that revealed all sorts of fascinating trivia, none more eye-popping than the fact that the MPAA gave his first pass on Scooby-Doo, a family-friendly film, an R rating. Gunn explained:
This actually calls to mind the very funny Scooby-Doo spoof that Kevin Smith worked into his own Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, where his beloved stoner duo gets picked up by obvious Scooby stand ins. And bad language was allowed:
More than anything, I'd be itching to get my hands on James Gunn's original draft of an edgier, potentially R-rated Scooby-Doo. The finished product starred real-life couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Bloodline phenom Linda Cardellini as Velma. Scooby was a CGI creation, and the movie -- as well as its sequel -- were sweet and goofy and definitely aimed at kids. At the same time, this clip from the 2002 movie seemed to suggest that SOME cleavage still made the cut:
This ended up being a win-win for both parties. The Scooby-Doo movies made money (though the first was far better than the sequel), and as James Gunn points out in his Facebook memory, he made friendships that lasted a lifetime:
And he got the Guardians of the Galaxy, which also got a sequel. Like I said. Win win.
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