Disney are reported to be standing firm on their recent decision to fire James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy – despite subsequent pressure from members of the cast and fans of the franchise.
Gunn was fired by Disney on July 20 following the re-emergence of a number of his old tweets, which made offensive jokes about paedophilia and rape. Disney’s decision to remove Gunn from his role as head of the franchise he created prompted a wide backlash, with the stars of the films signing an open letter in defence of Gunn a week after his termination.
After reports earlier this month suggested that Disney were “unlikely” to reconsider their decision, a new report from Variety has claimed that, following a meeting between Gunn and Disney chief Alan Horn which was held this week, the company are set to hold firm on firing Gunn.
According to the report, the director and his UTA (United Talent Agency) representatives were successful in securing a meeting with Horn, but the latter only agreed to take the meeting with Gunn in order to “clear the air”.
Though the meeting was described by sources as “civil and professional”, Horn reportedly made it clear to Gunn that he and Disney would not be changing their position.
Representatives for Disney and Marvel have declined to comment on the new report.
Earlier this week, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt admitted that “it’s not [been] an easy time” for himself and his fellow castmates following Gunn’s firing last month.