Standing firm on their decision to fire James Gunn after controversial tweets resurfaced last month, Disney is not going to rehire the director according to a new report from Variety. This comes after a massive amount of support from fans, fellow Hollywood directors, and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gunn and Horn had a meeting this week, but “only as a courtesy.” Marvel president Kevin Feige was out of town during the meeting. It’s rumored Feige has wanted to bring the Guardians director back after Horn’s decision. Once Feige is back in town, the search for a new director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will continue.
Over the last month, rumors swirled that Disney would bring back Gunn to direct the next installment in the hit franchise. Ten days after his firing, the cast of Guardians released a joint statement standing behind Gunn, but not his controversial tweets.
Drax actor Dave Bautista has been the most vocal cast member once the news broke. In an interview with ShortList, the former WWE wrestler said that he would not return for the next film if Gunn’s script at least weren’t used. He followed those sentiments up with a tweet saying, “[Guardians] without [James Gunn] is not what I signed up for.” Variety’s sources are reporting that Gunn’s script will be used, but any director brought on will do a polish to put their own stamp on the film.
The director is reportedly not going to be out of a job for long since at least a dozen other studios are looking to bring the director on for a project according to another report from The Hollywood Reporter. Gunn can’t sign with another studio until his contract settlement is sorted out, which can reach up to $10 million.
Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was set to start in early 2019. With no director in place, production may be delayed, and Disney and Marvel are in no rush to find a new director.
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