It’s pretty well-known that James Gunn isn’t directing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 at this point, and if you’re reading this you’re probably familiar with the reasons behind it and the support and outcry that came in response to it. One of the concerns fans have had, though, is over the script. If Disney isn’t going to let Gunn direct his movie, will they still use his script, or are they going to scrap it?
The script is staying, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter about Gunn’s prospects following his ousting. Disney and Gunn are still negotiating his exit, and sources say that Disney’s intention to use his script is affecting those discussions.
The report also goes into Gunn’s other options. Studios are already interested in wooing the guy who wrote and directed two massively successful Marvel movies, but sources say that they can’t even approach him until the deal is done.
There are other comic-book twists to this, too. Sources talking to THR say that Gunn could end up directing a different Marvel movie at some point, and it seems Warner Bros. might even be interested in snagging Gunn if these sources are accurate.
That last bit is actually one outcome I’d be pretty happy with. Gunn has the visual flair that Zack Snyder was supposed to bring to the DCEU, but without being hooked on grim and gritty characters that are burdened by their powers.
If you’re behind on just what the heck is going on between Gunn and Disney, you can find out how it all started, how the Guardians cast members responded, how Dave Bautista responded in particular (he’s just as intense as his muscles would suggest), and how unlikely it is that Disney will bring Gunn back on in our previous coverage.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 is still set to release sometime in 2020.