'Walt Disney Studios is now not planning on rehiring the filmmaker who it recently fired after a series of offensive tweets surfaced, according to multiple people familiar with the studio's current thinking, ' states Variety.
It should be noted that Gunn was far from an A-list director when he was hired in 2012, having only helmed cult films like Slither and Super, yet managed to bring the first two Guardians movies to $1.6 billion in worldwide box office.
To his credit, James Gunn re-apologized (but failed to delete) the disturbing tweets, which made light of rape and pedophilia, but Variety's latest scoop is pretty damning, and states that the general feeling within Disney and Marvel Studios is that both parties have severed ties with Gunn once and for all.
A couple of the stars on the series supposedly threatened to quit, including Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana, but rumor has it that their threats are thin and weak, and the studio knows it.
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A lot of that will come down to whomever the studio can wrangle to try and make this thing make sense. Somehow, given the current climate, we can't see ALF devouring cats anymore.
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Disney chairman Alan Horn and CEO Bob Iger were reportedly unaware of Gunn's tweets prior to new attention being drawn to them earlier this year.
Disney is sticking to its guns, but not its Gunn.
And following an open letter from the cast, which saw the likes of Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt throw their support behind James, 51, there's been murmurings that he would be reinstated. "Those tweets were so frightful and Disney has a different standard than other studios". That's too high a level for cast power to even mean anything and as Variety's source says "Disney has a different standard than other studios".
It's an issue that has polarized Hollywood with many calling for James Gunn to be reinstated to the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise while others have applauded his sacking.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2020.