James Gunn Not Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Disney and Marvel will not backflip on James Gunn

Despite the best efforts of his friends and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems Disney will not rehire James Gunn.

Glenn Close, who played Nova Prime in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, recently opened up about Disney firing James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after the discovery of some offensive tweets from the writer/director.

Although Disney is reportedly standing by its decision last month to cut ties with writer/director James Gunn, the studio nevertheless is expected to use his recently completed script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy's main cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Bautista, who all still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film's director. 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 is now slated for 2020.

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All this is to say that it's been anyone's guess as to how the story might progress, though it shouldn't come as too great a surprise that the evermore powerful Disney would stand its ground despite fan backlash and unrest among its actors.

The sources also said that Marvel president Kevin Feige was out of town and wasn't present at the meeting. The report does say that Disney is meant to use Gunn's completed Guardians 3 script, though the sources do say that a new director may just want to polish that script a little by themselves before filming which is still set for 2019. The usual arguments on both sides will be trotted out, and I have little interest in commenting either way at this point in time, having made my thoughts on the subject clear.

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