Disney are “unlikely” to rehire James Gunn to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, according to a new report.
The creator of the Guardians franchise was fired from his role on July 20 after a number of his offensive old tweets were dug up and shared online. Disney’s decision has prompted a wide backlash, with Guardians‘ primary castmembers signing an open letter in support of Gunn earlier this week.
Despite the widespread reaction to his firing, Variety now reports that Disney are “unlikely” to reconsider their decision. The publication cites insider knowledge from those who are “familiar with the studio’s current thinking”.
“The feeling within both Disney and Marvel is that the dozens of so-called jokes that Gunn made about paedophilia and rape are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and are not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image,” the report reads.
A source “close to the matter” told Variety: “I don’t see Disney re-hiring him. Those tweets were so horrible and Disney has a different standard than other studios.”
Disney were apparently not aware of Gunn’s offensive tweets prior to their resurfacing online last month.
Following the news of his firing, it emerged that Gunn’s proposed reboot of Starsky & Hutch had been dropped by Amazon.