So, it’s all kicking off in superhero land at the moment, isn’t it? Poor old James Gunn, getting booted off The Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise for being a bit silly and doing some bad, gross jokes ten years ago. Since that unfortunate announcement, numerous people have come out in support of Gunn, including most of his Guardians cast, in an attempt at getting him re-hired - an attempt that was perhaps in vain.
Thing is, Gunn’s already written the script, and that was in severe danger of being binned, too - something with Dave Bautista (Drax) was vehemently against, threatening to quit the franchise if they didn’t use it.
Well, now it looks like they might be backtracking and using it after all. According to multiple sources, even thought he won’t be invited back to direct, it looks like his script stands a good chance of still being used.
There are a lot of “complicated negotiations” currently on the go, but it looks like Gunn will get up to $10 million for his work on the film, seeing as he didn’t actually breach the contract in any way - it might be less than he would have got before, but he’ll still see some return for his time.
More interestingly, he appears to be on the cusp of being poached by other major studios. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that one senior executive at a rival studio said “I’d work with him in a heartbeat,” and another said “Most people feel his comments were coming out of his brand of comedy [at the time he made them].
“Having an inappropriate sense of humor shouldn’t be a crime.”
In fact, it might not even be the end of his association with Marvel, with one source saying “An end-all verdict hasn’t been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing.”
This seems strange seeing as most Marvel properties are under the Disney banner, but Sony do own a number of rights to certain characters, and Gunn’s ability to make top-drawer films that rake in the cash is undeniable.
Of course, this is all off-the-record, so could easily be “big movie studio locker-room talk”, so until anything is officially released or offered, Gunn’s immediate future is uncertain.
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