Well, that escalated quickly.
While Marvel Studios continues to be a powerhouse, there’s no denying there’s one big, ominous cloud that’s been hovering over them for the past few weeks. Back during San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn had written some unsavory comments years ago, and Disney stepped forward and fired him from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was set to begin production early next year.
In the weeks since then, Gunn’s been garnering a good amount of support from folks around the film community, though perhaps most importantly, he had the support of his Guardians cast. In a joint letter, they expressed their feelings regarding the situation in hopes that Disney would rehire him to take on the film. While it doesn’t seem likely that will happen, one big question is whether or not they’ll use the script for the movie.
If the studio fired a director for something, wouldn’t it be a bit hypocritical to still utilize the script — which we know is at least near a final draft state? We don’t really know what they’ll do, but actor Dave Bautista seems willing to give up his role in the film should the studio not go forward with the screenplay, as he revealed to The Shortlist:
“Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me. I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”
Admittedly, this reaction doesn’t surprise me. From day one, Bautista has been the most outspoken against the move Disney made against Gunn, and he reiterated as such to the outlet:
“Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man. I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: f*ck this. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met.”
As much as I’d like to see Gunn back in the saddle, I think Disney’s already made their decision. While we love the Guardians, they are ultimately one cog in the big Marvel Studios machine, and in efforts to stay away from anything Gunn, I wouldn’t be surprised if they nixed the script and pushed the movie back a couple years.
But those are just my bits of speculation. What do you think of Bautista’s comments? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: The Shortlist