Disney CEO Bob Iger has been silent on the firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, until now. Two months after Gunn’s dismissal, Iger is speaking publicly on the matter for the first time in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Iger says it wasn’t his call, but he agrees with it.
“The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio and I supported it,” Iger says. “I haven’t second-guessed their decision,” he adds when asked about the backlash in the wake of the Gunn firing.
Iger was not asked about and did not specifically comment on Dave Bautista’s frequent criticism of Disney over the matter.
The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn issued an official statement when Gunn was fired, so he was obviously one of the executives that brought the decision to Iger. Variety has previously reported that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also supported the decision, but I’m not so sure about that.
We have heard from Horn and now Iger. All that’s left is for Feige to comment on the James Gunn firing, but it may be some time before anyone gets the opportunity to ask him about it. Marvel Studios does not have any press junkets until Captain Marvel, presumably in February. We will have to see if he gives any interviews before then.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter