According to a New Report Disney is Unlikely to Rehire James Gunn For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3
Earlier this week a report surfaced saying that Disney was considering rehiring James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Now Variety is reporting the exact opposite. They are saying that Disney is going to stick with their decision in firing him.
Just in case you need a little refresher, Gunn was fired by Disney due to some distasteful and offensive tweets from years ago that resurfaced. He already apologized for them six years ago, but that doesn't seem to matter. The report says that the "feeling within both Disney and Marvel is that the dozens of so-called jokes that Gunn made about pedophilia and rape are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and are not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image." They go on to say:
The studio recognized that “Guardians” cast members such as Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana stopped short of threatening to quit the series, but there is widespread belief that the actors will show up for future installments, regardless of their personal feelings about Gunn. For one thing, most are under contract and would face legal action if they opted out of a sequel. Still, the public endorsement of the director was notable for its vociferous support.
If you want to read the statement that the Guardian cast released, you can read it here. It's said that that letter will not save Gunn's job. Gunn's firing was approved by both Disney Studios chief Alan Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
According to Disney insiders, the company was not aware of the offensive tweets when Gunn was hired and was taken aback when they were recirculated. The source said:
"I don’t see Disney re-hiring him. Those tweets were so horrible and Disney has a different standard than other studios."
The report also says that Disney is in no rush to replace Gunn with a new director. Sources say that the studio is "willing to wait until the right A-list filmmaker comes along." The film was originally supposed to start shooting in February 2019, but that might get pushed back.
It's crazy to see how all of this is playing out. If this latest report is true though, then Gunn's time with Disney and Marvel are done. Are there any directors you can think of that you'd want to see replace him?