New Details Revealed About Disney’s Recent Meeting with James Gunn

James Gunn at the opening of the Guardians of The Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! ride

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A few weeks ago, we heard a rumor that Disney planned to sit down with fired Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn. Now, that meeting has apparently taken place, and a new report reveals some details about what went down.

According to Variety, Gunn recently met with Alan Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios. He’s the one who originally made the decision to fire Gunn over resurfaced offensive tweets, having reportedly received approval from Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Variety reports that Gunn and his agency had been pushing for his reinstatement, but Horn decided to take this meeting only has a courtesy. Although the meeting was reportedly cordial, Variety reports that Horn did not budge and stood by his decision to keep Gunn off the project.

Guardians fans had been wondering about the role of Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, in all of this. Well, apparently he wasn’t at this meeting, as he was out of town and unable to attend. But Variety reports that Feige stands by Horn’s decision not to rehire Gunn. Evidently, the search for Gunn’s replacement will begin as soon as Feige is back in town.

And that appears to be that. This comes about a week after Deadline reported that back-channel conversations were taking place between Marvel and Disney, with Marvel attempting to get Gunn rehired. Deadline classified this as a long shot at the time, and now, if Variety’s report is accurate, it seems the chances of Gunn being brought back to the project are all but dead.

Disney abruptly fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last month less than 24 hours after alt-right personality Mike Cernovich resurfaced old jokes Gunn had made on Twitter about subjects like pedophilia and rape. Gunn had already fully completed his screenplay for Vol. 3, and the movie was expected to go into production early next year for a 2020 release.

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In the aftermath of Gunn’s firing, the entire cast of Guardians released a statement calling for him to reinstated, although they stopped short of threatening to walk off the project if he wasn’t rehired. However, the cast member who seems to be the most upset about this whole situation is Dave Bautista, who went as far as to say that if Gunn’s script isn’t used for Vol. 3, he’s going to ask Disney to release him from his contract.

It doesn’t appear that will be necessary, though, as Variety reports that Gunn’s script is still going to be used, although it’s likely that whoever is brought in as director will make some tweaks. This is a bit strange, as one would assume the point of firing Gunn would be so that Disney doesn’t have to associate with him at all going forward. But if Gunn’s script is retained, Marvel will be obligated to credit him as the screenwriter of Vol. 3, and having a “written by James Gunn” credit at the start of the movie seems like it would defeat the point of Disney’s dramatic move.

We haven’t yet heard any rumors about who might replace Gunn, although Variety previously reported that it’s likely Disney and Marvel will find a new director they haven’t worked with before rather than someone like Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi.