After the comments were brought to the attention of Disney, they issued the statement, "The offensive attitudes and statements on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him".
Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn was sacked last month after some old Tweets came to light. That is a huge vote of confidence, however it is not entirely surprising since most in the industry who know Gunn have come to his defense, unlike the studio he helmed a billion dollar-grossing franchise for.
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Do you think Disney should toss out James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script? Although if he's going to continue criticising Disney, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if he does end up following Gunn out of the door.
Warner Bros. and Lionsgate are the only two studios mentioned in THR's report - the former is surely monitoring the situation in the hope of courting James Gunn to the DCEU - though sources did reference a "cooling off period" of several months before any studio makes a formal approach for the ousted filmmaker.
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The wrestler-turned-movie star, who portrays Drax the Destroyer in Disney's big screen adaptations of the Marvel comic books, has made it clear he is not happy that Gunn will no longer be in charge of the franchise, following his dismissal in July, when old tweets he sent joking about rape and paedophilia were unearthed by conservative critics. Disney needs to decide if they're moving forward with Gunn's script (and if they don't, they should be prepared for a whole new series of headaches). It was using his social media platform to complain about actual children in cages due to the policies of President Donald Trump's administration that made Gunn a target for this exhumation of bad online behavior.