Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

James Gunn will not return to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

James Gunn will not return to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

According to Variety, Disney and Marvel have chose to firmly stand by their decision to not rehire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn back for the third installment. In the wake of James Gunn's sudden and unexpected firing from Guardians 3, voices across the industry have spoken up in his defence - including the Guardians cast themselves.

Gunn was immediately fired by Disney when "offensive" tweets surfaced made by the director backwhen he was an aspiring shock comedian. The decision was made as they were believed to be "unacceptable" in the time of #MeToo and weren't part of Disney's family-friendly image.

Disney and Marvel will now move forward with Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3 and search for a new director to helm the film.

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It's for sure that there are going to a be a lot of unhappy Marvel fans out there today and who knows how this will all play out with the cast being so open in their support of Gunn? Gunn's career will not be negatively impacted in any way by this; he still has his devoted fans, his position of power, and everything except the Guardians franchise, which he notably took away from a female writer.

Gunn and his representatives with UTA scheduled the meeting with Horn to get a second chance, and Horn took the meeting as a chance to set everything straight. The decision was finalized after Gunn's meeting with Disney's chairman Alan Horn, which the outlet described as a civil and professional meeting. Apparently, Horn/Disney has chose to stand by their decision to sack James Gunn.

Sadly, Marvel president Kevin Feige, who's been rumored to be in Gunn's corner, wasn't present at the meeting. Feige was reportedly pushing for Gunn to be rehired as well, but he also stands by the studio's decision and won't continue to fight them on the matter. The film was expected to go into production at the start of 2019, and while sources have stressed that Gunn's original script will be used for the next film, it is still very likely that whoever is brought in will still need to put a polish on it in order to add their stamp to the project.

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