The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a small crew working on the film’s pre-production was recently dismissed and permitted to look for new work, and this comes just days after Disney/Marvel confirmed that they will not be rehiring James Gunn as director.
The source who revealed this update to THR adds that the suspension of the production is only temporary, that the team is “regrouping”, although it is unclear when the crew would return to work. “The timeline has been pushed out,” the source told
Recall that Disney removed James Gunn as the director after a slew of social media posts he wrote before getting Guardians of the Galaxy surfaced. These problematic tweets touched on rape and paedophilia.
Shortly after, Gunn issued a statement afterward, apologising for the things he had done in the past, saying: “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
Some of the film’s stars like Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana spoke up for the director. And weeks ago, the entire cast petitioned Disney to rehire him, but their request was turned down by the board.
Presently, there is no replacement for James Gunn.
It was unclear as at press time if Dave Bautista will be starring in the upcoming GotG after saying he would not if Gunn’s script wasn’t used.