The director was sacked by Disney earlier this year after a series of controversial tweets allegedly written in the past by Gunn surfaced online.
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Fans have now raised $4,850 in the last month via a crowdsourcing campaign to pay for the digital billboard and are looking to raise more so another can be put up. The current billboard will be in place throughout November.
On their GoFundMe page, the fans wrote that their purpose was to “raise money for Rehire James Gunn billboards outside Orlando and Anaheim Disney Parks” and that their goal was for “one billboard near each park for at least one month, preferably during the holidays to maximize exposure.”
They added: “Should we fail to raise enough money for at least one billboard for one month, all money will be refunded to contributors…Please contact us if you are willing/able to help. Every little bit helps! Thank you to all of our Guardians of the Galaxy family!”
— Marie #GuardiansFamily Martinez (@mmehubert) October 29, 2018
If you’re a #Marvel fan, especially #Guardians, #RehireJamesGunn Fam has a #Halloween treat for you. A billboard is now up in Anaheim to tell @RobertIger & @Kevfeige to do the right thing – bring James Gunn back to the #GuardiansFamily. Will you please share & tell them the same? pic.twitter.com/19Of9V5pnq
— WriterIowa (@writeriowa) October 30, 2018
— Thana Niveau 🖖 (@ThanaNiveau) October 29, 2018
Last month, it was revealed that Warner Bros. and DC have now hired Gunn to write, and possibly direct, the sequel to Suicide Squad. Dave Bautista, who had previously hit out at Disney for a “smear campaign” behind Gunn’s sacking, tweeted “Where do I sign up!”, on hearing the news about Gunn directing the Suicide Squad sequel.
Chris Pratt was also vocal in his support for Gunn and called for the director to be reinstated. The 39-year-old actor wrote on Twitter (July 30) that Gunn was “a good man” despite the “inappropriate jokes” that led to his sacking.
Pratt wrote: “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”