REPORT: Disney Unlikely to Buckle to Whiny Guardians of the Galaxy Stars, James Gunn to Stay Fired

I just read a new post on Variety.com, which is one of the best publications when it comes to reporting on Hollywood. The piece states that James Gunn, who was famously fired last month after some of his tweets about pedophilia came to light courtesy of Mike Cernovich, is not in line to be rehired to helm the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. This is despite the high-profile intervention of the movie’s cast earlier this week, asking for Mr. Gunn to be reinstated.

The logic lines up almost verbatim with what I said on Monday’s edition of the #Killstream. Disney markets too much material to children to be associated with this sort of “comedy.” Plus, they have most of the cast under contract already, and they will assuredly be willing to take them to court to enforce those agreements…

Despite a cast letter asking for James Gunn to be reinstated as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Walt Disney Studios is currently not planning on rehiring the filmmaker who it recently fired after a series of offensive tweets surfaced, according to multiple people familiar with the studio’s current thinking. The feeling within both Disney and Marvel is that the dozens of so-called jokes that Gunn made about pedophilia and rape are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and are not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

The studio recognized that “Guardians” cast members such as Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana stopped short of threatening to quit the series, but there is widespread belief that the actors will show up for future installments, regardless of their personal feelings about Gunn. For one thing, most are under contract and would face legal action if they opted out of a sequel. Still, the public endorsement of the director was notable for its vociferous support…

At this point, the letter does not seem likely to save his job. Gunn’s firing was approved by Disney Studios chief Alan Horn, with his boss, company CEO Bob Iger weighing in on the final decision. The involvement of the highest levels of Disney signals that the cast pressure to rethink the Gunn ouster will struggle to gain internal support. “I don’t see Disney re-hiring him,” says one person close to the matter. “Those tweets were so horrible and Disney has a different standard then other studios.” 

The cast can whine in public all they want, but they won’t dare burn a bridge with Disney. The media Goliath controls way too much of Hollywood and the media in general for that to happen.

Social media leftists can whine all they want, but James Gunn isn’t coming back.

Ethan Ralph

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