Filmmaker James Gunn has been fired as director of the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” at Marvel Studios and Disney Pictures.
The move comes after ten-year-old tweets in which the filmmaker joked about controversial topics such as paedophilia and rape resurfaced over on conservative website The Daily Caller and became a talking point amidst conservative personalities.
Gunn has since deleted his Twitter account, and had been expected to be at Sony’s presentation today but it has since been confirmed that he won’t appear.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement: “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
Before deleting his account, Gunn tweeted: “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
Gunn has been writing the script for the third “Guardians” which was to shoot in Atlanta this Fall ahead of an expected (but not announced) 2020 release. Gunn was expected to continue working with Marvel after “Guardians 3” wrapped.
UPDATE: Gunn has released an official statement about his being let go from Marvel, saying:
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
Source: Heat Vision