Amidst all of the drama surrounding James Gunn and his controversial tweets, the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been put on hold. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Marvel are regrouping on the project and the crewmembers have been dismissed and are told they can look for new work.
James Gunn was the original producer of the Guardians franchise and was supposed to begin production in the fall. Gunn was fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in result of tweets he made back in 2008 and 2009. The Daily Caller reported that James Gunn tweeted about controversial and offensive topics. The filmmaker has since deleted his Twitter account.
Before deleting his account, Gunn tweeted, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
Since Gunn was dropped from director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney and Marvel, fans have started an online petition to have him rehired. So far, there are over 220,000 signatures and that number continues to grow.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement.
The timeline has been pushed out and Disney has no comment on the matter as of right now. Stay tuned with more updates as we find them out.
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