Published Aug 16, 2018Last month, director James Gunn was fired from the third instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy after a series of offensive tweets were resurfaced by right-wing web sleuths. Since then the franchise's stars have petitioned for Gunn to be reinstated, but Disney has confirmed that he will not be back in the director's chair for the series.
According to Variety, Disney refuses to back down from its decision to part ways with Gunn. The publication reported that Gunn and his representatives from UTA had a meeting with studio executives that was "civil and professional." Despite that talk, Disney hasn't backed down from its decision.
Marvel president Kevin Feige had previously backed Gunn in the debate, but he reportedly sided with the studio in this one, meaning it's unlikely Gunn will be rehired no matter what happens next.
Disney is actively searching for a new director for the film, while Gunn is reportedly being courted by other studios with big project in mind.