Last night, Variety dropped a bombshell to those who were hoping that Disney and Marvel Studios would rehire James Gunn as the director of Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 as that won’t be happening. It doesn’t sound like Marvel Studios was exactly cheer-leading for James as it was previously reported last week.
The report suggests while the meeting with Alan Horn and Gunn was professional they ultimately parted ways and with Marvel Studios backing the decession. As Kevin Feige will now seek another director to replace him, putting the production start set for early next year into question.
While they state sources say they’ll use Gunn’s script, Variety still suggests a ”polish” aka rewrites could take place from an incoming director. This isn’t terribly uncommon and could see some of his material scaled back slightly. I think that angle would be to make sure there is a second screenwriting name on the script.
The film was expected to go into production at the start of 2019, and while sources have stressed that Gunn’s original script will be used for the next film, it is still very likely that whoever is brought in will still need to put a polish on it in order to add their stamp to the project.
What the future holds for the sequel is a little unknown without a director, but there is certainly fan ire and some acceptance to this update.