Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

James Gunn Could Return to Direct a Different MCU Movie

James Gunn Could Return to Direct a Different MCU Movie

James Gunn may be considered "indefensible" by Disney, which indeed refused to consider any reason he was targeted before firing him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on July 20.

What's more, THR reports that Gunn could still wind up working on a Marvel film - even if it's writing and directing a different property, according to the trade.

Multiple sources told the news outlet Gunn is stuck in "complicated negotiations with Disney over his exit settlement", and that Disney's plans to use his script is playing a role in that. THR says the Slither filmmaker is drawing interest from a variety of sources, from Warner Bros. They've made it clear that they won't keep him on as the director, but there is also no ignoring the auteur imprint that he has left on the previous two installments of the series.

Although Barr's tweets are new and about an actual person, Disney is aware it will look weak and hypocritical if it backs down and rehires Gunn.

Despite a rumor circulating online today, Disney will still move forward with Gunn's screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.


The exit of James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is far from over. When evaluating Disney's decision to fire Gunn, I'm not sure it matters who found the tweets, only that that they exist. Although if he's going to continue criticising Disney, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if he does end up following Gunn out of the door.

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Gunn, who was set to director the third installment of the popular superhero science fiction franchise, was sacked July 20 after decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about topics including pedophilia and rape. The jokes include repellent jokes involving rape, pedophilia, and other matters that do not match Disney's squeaky clean family friendly image... or any good taste.

Despite almost a month passing since Disney's firing of James Gunn, the status of the immensely popular Guardians of the Galaxy films remains a mystery. No director is attached.

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