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Warner Bros. And Other Major Studios Circling Former MCU Director James Gunn

Warner Bros. And Other Major Studios Circling Former MCU Director James Gunn

Gunn had been working on the script for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" but he was recently fired after some offensive tweets from his past resurfaced online.

Gunn, who was set to director the third installment of the popular superhero science fiction franchise, was sacked July 20 after decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about topics including pedophilia and rape.

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Other now-deleted tweets from 2008-2011 included jokes about the attacks of September 11, 2001, AIDS and the holocaust.

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While the trade maintains the anonymity of the executives, they do confirm that numerous top studios in Hollywood are interested in Gunn, including Warner Bros. which rivals Marvel Studios in the superhero entertainment business with DC Films. A replacement director for the film, due to shoot early next year, has not yet been announced.

Sources tell THR that while Gunn was under contract for the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it likely wasn't a "pay or play" contract, in which Gunn would have been paid regardless of whether his services were actually used.

"I've been advised that we can't bring anything to him until the Disney matter is 100 percent resolved", another studio executive said, with the article noting some of the "major players" include Warner Bros, home of the DC brand of super hero movies. There's reportedly still a chance Disney could offer Gunn another spot at Marvel in an attempt to keep him from going over to the competition.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated to debut in 2020. Is it because of Gunn's complicated exit negotiations? They've made it clear that they won't keep him on as the director, but there is also no ignoring the auteur imprint that he has left on the previous two installments of the series. "An end-all verdict hasn't been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing", says one source familiar with the proceedings". But one thing's for certain: Gunn won't be out of work long.