Even though Disney has taken a firm stance that they won't be re-hiring James Gunn for the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy, that hasn't stopped a group of very vocal fans from rallying behind the ousted director. And now it's moved off the internet and into the real world.
Earlier this week, a billboard reading "Save the Galaxy: Rehire James Gunn for Vol. 3" appeared in Garden Grove, California — about four miles from Disneyland. The digital billboard was crowdfunded via a Rehire James Gunn GoFundMe campaign, which launched last month, and as of this writing has taken in over $4,700 dollars.
The campaign's goal is to have "one billboard near each park for at least one month, preferably during the holidays to maximize exposure." There are plans to erect more in Orlando near Disneyworld as well. The group behind all this also created a website, aptly named RehireJamesGunn.com.
"We really love Gunn as both a creator and the man we've seen him mature into," Giuseppe Cincinnato told The Hollywood Reporter. The 29-year-old Ohioan was one of the people involved in raising the funds. "Even if this wasn't going to cause Disney to see their mistake, we could at least show James Gunn how much support he has in his corner of the galaxy."
Since Gunn was fired back in July over some old, offensive tweets resurfaced by right-wing bloggers, the entire cast signed an open letter asking Disney to reconsider. A number of other actors also weighed in with their support, and an online fan petition at Change.org calling for him to be reinstated amassed more than 400,000 signatures.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was recently confirmed as being "on hold" by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige as the studio searches for a new director. Gunn's script, which was submitted prior to his firing, will still be used.
The current billboard will be up through Nov. 25. Whether or not more will pop up, as per the goal, will depend on how much money is raised.