Amid the controversy that surrounds James Gunn being sacked as director of the the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy movie due to controversial jokes, it has now emerged that his reboot of Starsky And Hutch has been dropped by Amazon.
Gunn was dropped by Walt Disney from the sci-fi franchise after a series of controversial tweets about rape and pedophilia allegedly written in the past by the director surfaced online.
Now it’s reported that Amazon’s reboot of the classic Starsky And Hutch with Gunn has also been dropped – however, they claim that this happened months before the latest scandal emerged.
“We passed on the project completely months ago,” an Amazon spokesman told Yahoo Finance. “There was no statement. This is the same for any other project we do not move forward with.”
Amazon refused to comment on why they backed out of the project.
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians franchise has since defended Gunn as has David Dastmalchian, who plays Kurt in Ant-Man. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have also since spoken out on the scandal.
“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,” said Gunn in a statement. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humour.”
He added: “It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”