Hollywood Drama: The James Gunn and Disney Break-Up

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Drama, Drama, Drama

It all started a few weeks ago. James Gunn, writer and director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, got some unwanted publicity. Some of his tweets that were nearly a decade old had resurfaced. These tweets contained comments that were offensive in nature, pertaining to rape and pedophilia. These tweets were brought up by alt-right conspiracy theorist, Mike Cernovich. In defense of these tweets, Gunn says:

“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.”

Despite the apology, and despite the large time frame in which these tweets were posted, Disney gave Gunn the boot. They have to protect their image, you know.

What Happens to Guardians of the Galaxy Without Gunn?

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Since his dismissal, several notable figures have emerged in support of the beleaguered director. For example, the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy stood up for Gunn. Many of these people have voiced their opinion that they had no problem working with him. Rival studios have even been trying to “steal” Gunn now that he is free and clear.

Not so fast, though: he isn’t free just yet. Gunn is still in negotiation with Disney over the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script. Disney wants to keep it. Gunn isn’t quite willing to just let it go. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 wouldn’t be the same without Gunn’s direction. Disney would have to find someone who could take Gunn’s script and implement it with the same “voice.” In addition to maintaining this continuity, Disney would also have to pay big money to keep the script. estimates this cost to be between seven and ten million dollars.

As previously mentioned, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy has maintained their support for Gunn. They have even been urging Disney to re-hire him. Unfortunately, it appears that the only thing that matters to Disney is the script.

Do you think it was right of Disney to get rid of James Gunn? Will Guardians of the Galaxy be the same without him? Share your thoughts below!

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