As the galaxy turns. The story of James Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues to evolve before our very eyes. Disney is reportedly planning on keeping Gunn’s script for the film and may still be interested in working with him.
In an article about just how in-demand Gunn is, The Hollywood Reporter notes that he is currently in negotiations with Disney over his firing. Gunn was under contract for GotG Vol. 3 and old tweets don’t qualify as a breach of that contract.
Because GotG Vol. 3 was probably not officially greenlit (something that happens when a project is actually about to start production), Gunn may not be entitled to his full director fee. There is a contract, however, so Disney and Gunn must negotiate a settlement. THR‘s sources estimate Gunn could collect $7M to $10M.
THR also reports that Disney intends to use Gunn’s GotG Vol. 3 script. That will make fans and Dave Bautista happy. There were rumors this morning that Disney wanted to toss out Gunn’s script to scrub his name from the film. Those rumors, however, were completely unfounded and did not take into account a few basic elements that could make scrubbing Gunn’s name from GotG Vol. 3 impossible for Disney.
Regardless of whether or not Gunn winds up with a screenplay credit on GotG Vol. 3, he could be entitled to a story credit simply because the events of that film will be informed by the events of the first two films Gunn wrote. He may also be guaranteed an executive producer credit on future Guardians films, just like Jon Favreau gets an EP credit for the films in which Iron Man appears. Gunn is also slated to have an EP credit on Avengers 4.
In yet another twist, a pair of THR‘s sources say Disney may still be interested in working with Gunn. They just don’t know if that would mean Gunn still working on GotG Vol. 3 in some capacity (possibly not as director), or on a future Marvel film.
If Disney wants to stay in the James Gunn business, they might as well just reinstate him for GotG Vol. 3. If they don’t, then the minute these exit negotiations conclude and Gunn is a free agent, he is likely to be snatched up by another major studio. That could have mean Gunn directing films for another superhero universe.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter