As it was previously reported, James Gunn, the director of Guardians Of The Galaxy, lost his job over at Disney for a series of unearthed tweets involving pedophiliac jokes. The social media pundit, Mike Cernovich – along with many other social media users – circulated them on Twitter, leading to James’ firing last week.
However, many of his co-stars said that Gunn losing his job was unfair, especially because of their age. Even though his cast-mates wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios asking for his reinstatement, it appears as though Gunn won’t be getting his job back.
According to sources, Disney doesn’t want him back, and their decision was final. Because of the company’s family-friendly image, to have someone like Gunn – who joked about raping – as their director, would be a contradiction between their values as a studio and their actions as a company.
A couple of the stars on the series supposedly threatened to quit, including Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana, but rumor has it that their threats are thin and weak, and the studio knows it.
The vast majority of the stars are under contractual obligation to act in the film, so if they did quit, they would be subject to legal repercussions. Reportedly, Alan Horn, the chief of Disney Studios, and Bob Iger, the CEO, both approved his firing.
One insider explained, “Disney has a different standard than other studios,” seemingly referring to their reputation as a company suitable for both children and adults.
Regarding Gunn’s replacement, Disney is supposedly in no hurry to find another one. Due to the film’s reputation, it won’t be difficult to find another A-list filmmaker.
There have been talks that Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, or the Russo Brothers would replace him, but that much hasn’t been officially established by Disney.