‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ On Hold In Wake of James Gunn Firing

/Film | 8/24/2018 | Chris Evangelista
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The future of Guardians of the Galaxy is now in serious doubt. In the aftermath of the firing of director James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now on hold. Crew members were in the midst of preparing for pre-production when they got word the film was shutting down for the time being. So what now? Is Marvel going to re-group and plan the third film for a future time? Or are the Guardians gone for good?

Things are getting worse, not better, in the wake of the James Gunn firing. Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after old, tasteless joke-tweets surfaced in July. While Gunn had already gone on record apologizing for these tweets, and more, in the past, Disney decided to sever ties with him completely. Since then, there has been a considerable push online to re-hire Gunn. But Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn is standing firm. After a courtesy meeting with Gunn, Horn declined to offer him his job back.

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After that news broke, it was assumed Disney would start looking for a new filmmaker to get Guardians 3 off the ground. But now that’s not happening, at least for the time being. THR reports that “crew members, at this stage a small group that was prepping for pre-production, are being dismissed and are free to look for new work.” While this doesn’t mean Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will never happen, it certainly casts a shadow over the future of the film.

Since Gunn’s firing, the main Guardians cast – Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Vin Disel and Karen Gillan – have all gone on record offering support for Gunn. The entire cast signed an open-letter, in which they stated, in part:

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“We fully support James Gunn....
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