The Hollywood saga of Disney, Marvel Studios, and James Gunn has entered a new phase. The Hollywood Reporter states Disney will use the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 that Gunn submitted before his firing. This contradicts recent rumors that they planned to scrap the script and start fresh.
The Schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is planned to hit theaters in 2020. Filming is expected to begin in early 2019. If Disney dropped Gunn’s script, production would have to be halted while a new script was written. Keeping the script would allow pre-production to move forward under a different director.
Rival studios have already approached the director, though Disney may try to keep Gunn in a less public position (via The Hollywood Reporter). Disney may even attempt to rehabilitate his image and have him direct a film after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
The studio fired Gunn for offensive tweets that were a crude attempt at shock-based humor. Even though the tweets were several-years-old, and Gunn apologized, Disney’s family friendly brand could not risk the connection. Other studios may be willing to take the heat if it assured them a hit movie. While Gunn has gained many detractors, he still has many supporters, and most consumers only care about the end product.
James Gunn is the director of the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel. Disney fired him in July when offensive tweets he had posted several years ago came to light. Gunn has been an out spoken opponent of the current Presidential Administration. While the tweets have been public before now, a conspiracy theorist who supports the President highlighted them last month.
Dozens of celebrities have come to his defense including the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. At the end of July, the cast sent out an open letter of support to reinstate Gunn as the director. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vinn Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff signed it.
Earlier this week, Dave Bautista, stated he is willing to walk away from franchise if Marvel does not use Gunn’s script. Bautista has played the popular character Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, and Avengers: Infinity War. He has supported Gunn the most vocally since his firing by Marvel Studios and Disney.