It’s been over two months since Disney and Marvel Studios fired James Gunn, but the fate of the next Guardians of the Galaxy film is still up in the air. While it appears that the ship has sailed on the possibility of Gunn being rehired as director, an actor close to the source claims that he may still get a writing credit on the third film.
In an interview with Tulsa World (via Comicbook.com), Sean Gunn, who is James Gunn’s brother and also plays Kraglin and performs motion capture for Rocket in the Guardians films, said that while doesn’t know exactly what’s going on with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he does know that the intention is still to use his brother’s script.
“I don’t really know yet what’s going on with Guardians 3,” Gunn said. “I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote. Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, But I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air.”
“Up in the air,” is putting things mildly. Last month, Gunn’s co-star Dave Bautista told The Jonathan Ross Show that the film was on hold indefinitely and in another interview with Shortlist, said that he would quit altogether if James Gunn’s script isn’t used. Naturally, this caused some fans to worry that the film was now off the table, but this isn’t the case according to Gunn, who added that Marvel contacted him recently with confirmation that Vol. 3 will still be happening.
“Obviously, I think it’s a tricky proposition for them to find another director to step in — and also the scheduling of a lot of other actors who are incredibly busy can’t be easy,” Gunn said. “But I know that they plan on making the movie. I had not been contacted at all for a while, but I was recently contacted by Marvel saying, ‘Yeah, we do plan to make this movie. We’re just not sure when yet.”
While Gunn admits the outporing of support for his brother has been touching, he still wants the film to get made so that fans aren’t disappointed — and at the end of the day, many Guardians of the Galaxy fans don’t care about what led up to his brother’s firing.
“Honestly, that’s really what I cared about more than anything with all of this,” Gunn said. “I don’t want the fans to be deprived of something that they really love and really want. I go, and I do these conventions and a really striking thing to me … is fans are basically split into two camps. There is one group that is super supportive of my brother and range from sad to angry about what happened. And then the other half are people who don’t know and don’t care. They just want to see the movie. ”
As for when they might see that movie … well, that’s a little harder to answer. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally slated to come out in 2020, but that plan has certainly changed since James Gunn’s departure. In the meantime, at least there’s no shortage of other Marvel movies coming down the pipeline, with Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home all being released in 2019.
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