Hollywood Still Wants James Gunn, Even If Disney Doesn't

09 August, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Dave Bautista Will Drop Out Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 If Marvel Passes On James Gunn's Script

The entertainment giant's decision to remove Gunn from any involvement with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, for which he had already completed a draft of the script, was met with protest from his fans and colleagues in the industry who hoped to see him reinstated. At this point Disney should be looking at the longview, and making sure that this whole mess is as invisible as possible when audiences are watching the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy 50 years from now, and their best option within that perspective is using Gunn's screenplay.

Now he is threatening to quit the franchise and wants his role as Drax "recast".

"Nobody's defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man", said Bautista.

The entire Guardians cast subsequently released a statement in support of Gunn, saying they advocated for his rehiring, and Dave Bautista has gone so far as to say that he'll ask to be released from his contract if Disney doesn't use Gunn's existing Guardians 3 script. "I'd be doing a James a disservice if I didn't".

The story exploded conservative website The Daily Caller discovered the sensitive and shocking content of tweets made by Gunn from 2009 to 2012 when he was a provocative comedian.


Disney unexpectedly cut ties with Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn last month following a series of offensive tweets he had posted earlier in his career resurfaced.

This controversy can't be expected to evaporate if - and when - Gunn is hired by another studio, but it seems that some executives are prepared to deal with that for the sake of enlisting his talent. Disney dubbed the tweets "indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values" and fired him.

The actor's comments here come just hours after he addressed his connection to the Guardians franchise now that Gunn is out of the director's seat.

'GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn't GOTG [sic]'.

The smear campaign Bautista is referring to is the online backlash from people who didn't appreciate Gunn's pedophile and rape-related humor.

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