Another report has surfaced stating that Disney will be standing firm with their decision of firing Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after his old tweets about rape and pedophilia re-surfaced on the internet.
This new report comes through Variety revealing that Walt Disney Chairman Alan Horn reportedly held a meeting with Gunn on Tuesday. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was not in attendance at the meeting and it’s also strongly rumoured that Feige did try getting Gunn back to Marvel.
Gunn was fired last month after numerous social media personalities compiled a list of his old posts where the director made jokes about pedophilia and rape. Gunn had since apologised for his comments and even accepted Disney’s punishment. Although the cast and crew of Guardians of The Galaxy has shown sheer support towards the director by signing an open letter to Disney, urging them to re-hire Gunn. Here’s what the letter stated:
“It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words.”
Actor Dave Bautista who plays Drax even threatened to quit if they don’t use Gunns’ script for the third installation of GOTG. During an interview with Shortlist he said
“Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me. I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.
“Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man,” Bautista said. “I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: f-ck this. This is bullsh-t. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is speculated to be released in 2020. We don’t know who will be taking Gunn’s place as the director but it’s likely that they go along with Gunn’s script for the film.