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James Gunn Will Not Return To the 'Guardians of Galaxy' Franchise. For Real, This Time

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 16, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 16, 2018 |


According to Variety, the powers that be at Disney and Marvel met and decided to stick by their original decision to fire James Gunn over the heinous tweets he wrote years ago, despite pressure from fans (and the cast) to reinstate him. He is not coming back, but the show will go on. When Kevin Feige returns from vacation, the search for a new director will begin, and Chris Pratt and the gang will ultimately come back aboard.

As Chris Pratt — who reportedly has taken a vow of abstinence with his new girlfriend, Katherine Schwarzenegger — noted in an interview with the Associated Press: “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a complicated situation for everybody. And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”

And no one needs to worry about James Gunn, either, according to THR via Movieweb:

The report reveals that several executives at major studios, who chose not to be named in the article, are eager to get in the James Gunn movie making business. “I’d work with him in a heartbeat,” said one unnamed executive. Warner Bros. would be possibly the most tantalizing option, as they control the DC universe, the most obvious rival to Marvel. Bringing on Gunn to direct something like Green Lantern Corps. or Lobo, for example, could serve as a major win for the DC universe and something of a middle finger to Disney.

I still think he should pair with Jason Blum and get back to his roots making cheap horror-comedies that will probably make a fortune.

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