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James Gunn Sheds Light On How His Life Changed Completely 19 Years Ago Today

James Gunn Sheds Light On How His Life Changed Completely 19 Years Ago Today

Director James Gunn took to Twitter to shed light on how his life has completely changed 19 years ago today and celebrated the 19th anniversary of the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo, where he served as a screenwriter.

When Scooby-Doo was released in 2002, no one thought this movie would be a success. Directed by Raja Gosnell and produced by James Gunn, the film had a box office success of $84 million.

James Gunn returns to the past to celebrate the film’s 19th anniversary and tell an unknown story. The successful director said that he had not been in the mainstream media until then and that he knew the course of the movie would affect his career.

But it didn’t turn out as James Gunn feared, and the movie was an incredible box office success. Scooby-Doo’s opening at the time was the biggest June opening ever. He said that after this success he turned from a screenwriter to a ‘hit,’ and thus his life completely changed.

Here’s what James Gunn tweeted:

“For me, this was a harrowing day. I had never been involved with a mainstream film & I knew my career would be incredibly affected by how the movie did. The initial reviews were great – so it was exciting at first. I was going to be a part of a hit!

But as the rest of the reviews poured in late Thursday & early Friday I saw that those first reviews were an anomaly… we were getting shattered. Yes, I knew the movie wasn’t perfect & it wasn’t exactly what I first envisioned, but I still thought it was fun & kids LOVED it.

So I went to sleep that night thinking perhaps I was a part of a box office bomb.

The next morning I was woken up at 5:30 am by the head of Warners production Lorenzo DiBonaventura telling it had 18 million dollars the day before.

It wasn’t only a hit – it was, at that time – the biggest June opening for a film EVER. It was a mega-hit. And in a manner of seconds I went from being just another screenwriter to a guy with a hit & my life changed completely.”

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