Another development in the James Gunn firing case.
It appears that Marvel Studios wants Disney to rehire James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This according to a new report by Deadline, claiming that “back channel conversations are taking place” between those in both parties.
In case you hadn’t heard, Guardians director Gunn was fired for inappropriate jokes that he had tweeted a while ago – as far back as 10 years. The tweets were brought into the spotlight by One America News Network correspondent Jack Posobiec and right wing commentator Mike Cernovich, and published by conservative outlet The Daily Caller, seemingly the result of Gunn mocking conservative pundit Ben Shapiro. They wanted people to complain to Disney, and Disney quickly responded by severing ties with Gunn.
The cast has since been outspoken in their supporting for the filmmaker, sharing a joint statement that – without explicitly stating so – heavily insinuated their desire for Disney to take him back. And it’s this loyalty, plus no doubt the backlash Disney’s receiving from Gunn’s fans and supporters of the cast, that’s the cause for these last-minute discussions. It seems that Kevin Feige wants Gunn back working on gettnig the next installment off the ground. After all, Gunn’s two Guardians films have been hits both critically and financially, the first and second film raking in $US773.3 million and $US863.7 million respectively. So yes, there’s a chance Gunn will be rehired, but, as Deadline points out, “one would have to label this 11th hour approach to be a long shot.”
Gunn had been writing the script for Guardians 3 and was expected to direct, and now there’s no solid word if Disney will even use his script. Wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista, by the way, has said that he won’t be returning for another Guardians if Gunn’s script isn’t used. With an unhappy cast, a potential hunt for a new filmmaker and writer, meaning perhaps a delayed Guardians 3, both the Disney and Marvel camps would no doubt want this situation resolved quickly. Stay tuned for whatever comes next.