A little over a week ago, we were on the verge of SDCC, with James Gunn set to pop into the Sony Hall H presentation with a mysterious announcement of a new film. No one knew what it was…an adaptation of Berserk? Bloodborne? My favorite theory, that it was an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless?*
We never found out what that announcement was going to be, as James Gunn was instead fired by Disney from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise thanks to some highly offensive tweets of his resurfacing.
After that, we’ve seen share of debate in the court of public opinion about Gunn’s past behavior vs present actions and whether Disney was right to fire him, or if they should have ever hired him in the first place. Many other celebrities and public figures have also weighed in, some enlightening, some not…but the lingering question remained, how would the cast react to this decision.
Today, they released a statement:
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
I wouldn’t exactly call it the most forceful piece, there’s surely much that has to be weighed out with this kind of thing, but that they organized at all is telling in of itself. According to Variety’s sources, there’s a sense that Gunn may actually be reinstated to the third installment, which begins production at the beginning of next year and Disney has yet to announce a replacement.
Disney chairman, Bob Iger is currently on vacation and any decision on the future of the franchise will be on hold until he returns. But if Gunn isn’t reinstated, would the cast actually walk? One has to imagine the contracts involved in something as massive as the Marvel machine have to be pretty air-tight and expensive to get out of. Quite a story that continues to develop.
* All signs point to it not being Nameless, by the way.