A Flicker Of Hope For Gunn?
The firing of James Gunn has become one of the most debated topics to hit the internet as of late. While the comments he made many years ago are certainly crude and unfunny, many feel that Disney should have not have penalised him so harshly given how he has gone on the record numerous times to apologise, well before any of the Tweets became pubic knowledge. Throw in the fact that the controversy was stirred up by a far-right commentator who had it out for Gunn, and the whole thing was a doomed to be a hideous mess from the start.
HOWEVER…there may still be hope for Mr Gunn.
According to an article on Deadline –
“Might there be a glimmer of hope for change of heart in the quick banishment of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn from the Magic Kingdom? Nobody is talking about it, but sources said that back channel conversations are taking place between Marvel Studios and Disney. Sources said the Marvel contingent is trying to persuade Disney to explore a compromise that might bring Gunn back into the fold for Guardians 3, something that clearly would be best for the franchise. There is no clash or strong arming here. I’m told it’s a discussion that comes in the wake of the whole cast declaring their loyalty to Gunn, whose abrupt exit has put a thriving film franchise in a rocky place. One would have to label this 11th hour approach to be a long shot, but the community is talking about it.
It would not be surprising that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige would make one last try at rapprochement. Disney’s quick guillotine contrasted dramatically to CBS’s handling of the Les Moonves controversy. Though his problems are self-inflicted, Gunn was banished for an incredibly poor choice of words; Moonves continues to run CBS, pending an investigation into allegations of serious sexual harassment bordering on sexual assault. Anyone at Disney would be hard pressed to say the quick hook has benefited the Guardiansfranchise. The entire cast unanimously wants Gunn back, even as they acknowledge he was an idiot, at a time he was graduating from the Troma schlock horror factory and attempting to be some kind of satirical provocateur. Gunn remains eminently hire-able and a studio chief told me recently he’s eager to give him a picture once Gunn is free of Disney.”
Do you think that Marvel’s final plea will manage to persuade the Mouse House to give Gunn another chance in the director’s chair? We’ll have to see just how open Disney is to negotiation in spite of all the toxicity surrounding this issue.
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