In a move that shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point, it appears that Marvel Studios has put a production hold on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
According to sources speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, crew that was gathering in Atlanta for pre-production work have been released and told that they are free to look for other work. This would indicate a pretty significant delay in the production start of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but an understandable one as Marvel looks for a new director.
“The timeline has been pushed out,” a source said.
The fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been up in the air since Marvel fired James Gunn over a series of old tweets. He is said to have recently had a meeting with the studio to see if the relationship could be repaired, but the result seems to remain the same.
Marvel Studios is said to be looking for someone to take over the film. One source says that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi recently took a meeting with the studio, but it is unclear what project it was for.
With the cast having signed a letter of support for Gunn – and Dave Bautista (Drax) remaining very critical of the firing – it is unclear how they will react to a replacement being brought in. They are under contract to do a third film, but it is not unheard of for those things to fall apart in situations such as this.
We will be keeping a definite eye on this story.