James Gunn scandal: Disney rumored to be thinking about reinstating Guardians director as cast lends support
In the light of Disney terminating their relationship with the Guardians director, most recently, lead star Chris Pratt shared an open letter, expressing support for Gunn.
The controversy surrounding James Gunn's firing from Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' franchise has been snowballing by the day. First Disney created ripples with their stern response to the filmmaker's decade-old tweets pertaining to topics of rape and pedophilia - deemed insensitive by many - and now the cast associated with the Guardians movie have rallied behind Gunn, urging the studios to reinstate him.
In the light of the mouse house terminating their relationship with the 51-year-old director, most recently, lead star Chris Pratt even shared an open letter, expressing support for Gunn. While at the moment there's no confirmed report on whether or not the Guardians of the director would be rehired by Disney, a new rumor has surfaced suggesting that the chances seem likely.
If you please, read the statement written and signed by The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in support of James Gunn’s reinstatement as director of GOTG Volume 3. pic.twitter.com/TjNA9RF6M8— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 30, 2018
According to multiple reports, Disney is allegedly planning on a sit down with Gunn in order to reinstate him. However, the studio is said to be "taking its time" as far as tackling of the situation is concerned. In a way, the latest rumor coincides with a previous report by Variety, which hinted that there's a growing feeling that Gunn could be reinstated.
The murmur has been particularly sparked by Marvel and Disney's tight-lipped stance on Gunn's replacement. Considering the third Guardians movie is scheduled for an early 2019 production, the studios have remained unusually silent over a possible substitute. This comes after the top stars associated with the Guardians franchise co-signed the open letter in support of Gunn. Reiterating the fact that the cast doesn't "support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago", the letter made mention of "the theme of redemption".
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
"Being in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes from 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 the 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 we 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," read the letter.
"It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words."