James Gunn Fired From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been fired from the latest project by Walt Disney Studios, according to THR.
After controversial tweets resurfaced online, where Gunn was joking around subjects such as rape and paedophilia. The highly offensive tweets, mainly from 2008 and 2009 were brought to attention by an American Conservative news outlet, The Daily Caller. The website was asking readers to target Gunn, while he appears at this years San Diego Comic Con. Gunn is a known, outspoken critic of US President, Donald Trump.
Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman released a statement, saying;
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
Gunn took to Twitter to explain his past actions in a series of Tweets. “It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
4. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
Gunn had been writing for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after achieving huge success in the first 2 instalments. It was set to begin filming this Autumn in Atlanta, with 2020 being the expected release date. He brought a fresh style to an already huge comic book movie market, with his dark humour and knowledge of the source material. It is not yet known who will take over the helm.
Here are some examples of the disturbing things Gunn has tweeted.