Guardians 3: Who is replacing James Gunn? 'Ghostbusters' director Paul Feig addresses rumors
The Guardians of the Galaxy is still James' franchise, says Paul Feig who admits he will never take anything away from another filmmaker
James Gunn's departure has left the future of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' series in the dark. For the uninitiated, the 52-year-old filmmaker, who has helmed the franchise since its inception, was fired by Disney earlier after some of his decade-old social media posts, deemed offensive and distasteful by many, resurfaced. Since then, many stars have come forward, expressing their support for Gunn as the search for a replacement ensues.
Interestingly, among the many names that have been floated around to take over Gunn's responsibility as the director of the much-awaited third Guardians movie, one is Paul Feig ('Ghostbusters', 'Spy', and 'Bridesmaids'). While jumping in on a Marvel project would be a lucrative option for any director, Feig's response to the proposition might not come as happy news to fans.
"I would never take anything away from another filmmaker," said the 55-year-old director. "You can think whatever, moralize about what James wrote. I don't make those kind of jokes, I don't like those kind of jokes. But still, that's James' franchise." Feig was referring to the tweets about pedophilia and transmisogyny, which Gunn had shared long back in the garb of jokes - an issue that took little time to snowball into a controversy, prompting Disney to take a swift decision on Gunn.
However, the bone of contention with regards to Gunn's firing is mostly over the timing and the source from which the tweets bounced back.
“I was shocked, horrified that we can allow something like that to happen. I don’t understand at all. It’s so unnecessary, what good does it do?” said Michelle Yeoh ('Guardians' and 'Crazy Rich Asians') responding to the drastic move of severing ties with the Marvel director.
Her thoughts were echoed by fellow cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista as well, who went on to pledge their support in an open letter. "We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss," they shared.
"We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now."